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Starry Night San Francisco To Benefit Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, the world’s largest non-profit funder of childhood brain tumor research, is holding its very first Starry Night San Francisco, an 8.5 mile walk/run to benefit and raise money for American children living with brain tumors on November 8.

(Photo Credit: pbtf.convio.net)

(Photo Credit: pbtf.convio.net)

Participants can take part individually or as part of a relay team, in which each person on the team completes one lap. Starry Night’s plan is to not only raise funds to encourage research for the 100s of different types of childhood brain tumors, but also to sponsor services for families at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital  during the San Francisco walk/run. Sponsors for Starry Night San Francisco include, Matt Welsh Photography, Joseph Griffin Media, Cabrio Taxi and San Francisco Recreation and Parks. The walk is supposed to be fun while at the same time raising awareness of brain cancer among children. Those who raise $100 or more will get the title Raising star and receive a collectable starry-night T-shirt, lantern and wristband for food at the end of the event. Those that raise $1000 or more, get all the benefits of the Raising star, with a bonus of a long sleeve shirt and the honor of becoming a member of the Shining stars club.

(Photo Credit: www.soc-neuro-onc.org)

(Photo Credit: www.soc-neuro-onc.org)

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is working to help over 28,000 children affected by brain tumors in the U.S. It started out when founders, Mike Traynor and Diane Traynor, discovered a child of a close friend was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1984. They decided to hold a motorcycle charity ride in Atlanta Ga., which helped raise $4000. The next year they held it again and the Ride for Kids became annual. It then grew bigger until, in 1991, The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation was established, with American Honda signing on as their presenting sponsor. October 2014 will be the first month and year to see the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation hold a Starry Night for any city, and San Francisco will be one of the cities to experience the event in November. Other cities that will be holding Starry Night Events include Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Huston and Los Angeles.

WHEN: November 8, 2014
Registration – 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Walk / Run begins – 3 p.m.


Lake Merced
Skyline Blvd. and Harding Rd.
San Francisco, CA 94132

Please click here to register.

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