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The mission of Head for the Cure is to raise awareness and funding to inspire hope for the community of brain cancer patients, their families, friends, caregivers and other supporters, while celebrating their courage, spirit and energy.
The Head for the Cure Foundation is committed to raising awareness and funds for the fight against brain cancer. Our mission is to inspire hope for the community of brain cancer patients, their families, friends, caregivers and other supporters, while celebrating their courage, spirit and energy. The National Brain Tumor Society estimates 190,000 men, women and children in the U.S. are diagnosed each year with a primary or metastasized brain tumor, equating to more than 14 per 10,000 persons.
Kansas City native Chris Anthony was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumor in October 2000 at age 34. A husband, father, son and brother, he fought the disease with dignity, grace and courage. An avid runner with an unmatched competitive spirit, Chris had the idea to start a run to raise money and awareness for brain cancer. After his death, Chris’ family, led by brother Matt, took on the fight in his honor. The first Head for the Cure 5K event was conducted in the Kansas City Metro area in October 2003 and raised approximately $18K. By 2006, this 5K event had raised approximately $150K and the Head for the Cure Foundation was formally established.