About the Starry Night 8.5K

The Starry Night 8.5K walk/run supports the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s efforts to help kids fighting one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer.

Why 8.5K? Because more than 28,000 kids in the United States are living with a brain tumor. One step for each of these Stars equals 8.5K.

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation helps by funding lifesaving medical research and life-changing family support programs.
Read more about our mission.



Take 28,000 steps to cure kids like Tara Nori.

“I’m 9 1/2. If I don’t get my career going soon, I’m not going to be an actress,” Tara recently told her mom. Kelly laughs as she recalls her daughter’s comment. “She’s a jokester,” she says.

But Kelly says it was the same determination that helped get Tara through a brain tumor diagnosis at age 2.

Tara has since endured multiple surgeries and chemotherapy treatments and has learned to walk and talk again. Today, her tumor remains stable.

Her future is still uncertain, but each time Tara faced a setback, strength and courage were her guide.

"Despite her mild physical deficits and difficulties learning, Tara is determined to have a happy life,” Kelly says, adding, “Research is so underfunded. We don’t need pity, we need money.”