LAKE WORTH, Fla. - About 1,000 people gathered Sunday morning at the Center Drive Pavilion in John Prince Park in Lake Worth to participate in the Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, also known as ABC2.
Fundraising teams raised more than $131,000 before the day of the event.
At the start and finish lines a "Wall of Hope" was erected with photographs, poems and names of those who have fought brain cancer.
"I am here because seven years ago I lost my dad to brain cancer," said Reavey Burke, project manager for ABC2. "Three out of the five staff members have lost a direct family member to brain cancer. Our participants are just as dedicated as we are."
The 2012 Florida Brain Cancer 5K is hosted by Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. The event raises funds to support cutting-edge brain cancer research projects.
According Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure's website, since 2001 the non-profit organization has provided more than $16 million in research funding to qualified research investigators and physician-scientists from 42 institutions.
Brain tumors are the second leading cause of death among children and young adults, according to Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States.
To learn more about brain cancer, visit the Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure website at http://www.abc2.org/