Starry Night Chicago
Star Jakub and volunteer Jacob Richards smile during Starry Night Chicago.
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Starry Night, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s new walk/run that shines a light on childhood brain tumors, made its debut in Chicago on Oct. 4 with the support of more than 500 participants. At start time, the event had raised $46,000.
The crowd came to the 8.5K at Arlington International Racecourse to honor local children with brain tumors. These Stars were Alexander, Casey, Connor, Emma, Jakub, Kaylee, Keith, Kevin, Matthew, Mia, Rosie and Tayler.
“The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation helped me get to where I am today,” said Tayler Re, one of the Stars honored at the event. “They not only helped my family and I during our time of need, but years later helped me with a college scholarship.”
Participants lit hundreds of lanterns at the end of the event to honor children affected by a brain tumor diagnosis.
A portion of the Starry Night Chicago’s proceeds will be donated to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital for a family services program for children with brain tumors. Dr. Rishi Lulla, a pediatric oncologist at the hospital, spoke at the event and announced the recipient of the Starry Night Hero Award.
The honoree was Live Like John, a local nonprofit organization that funds childhood brain tumor research and family support.
As of Oct. 4, the top individual fundraiser was Taylor Re ($2,200) and the top team fundraiser was Team Emma ($8,000). The event will continue to raise funds online until Nov. 4.
Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who organized the event, including committee chair Julie Zahrebelski.