Starry Nights Walks 2015
Below is break down of the individual Starry Night Walks, held for the benefit of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (USA). Mileage achieved has been donated to the IBTA's Walk Around the World for Brain Tumours initiative. Details of more 2015 walks that took place across the globe can be found here.
Philadelphia Starry Night 8.5K
About 750 walkers and runners gathered on 19th September for the Philadelphia Starry Night 8.5K, benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The crowd gathered for the evening walk/run at the Philadelphia Zoo to honour local children with brain tumours, the Stars were Chad, John, Liz, Luke, Madeline, Morgan, Owen, Russell, Talan and Tanner.
“Growing up with cancer was not an easy path. I missed play dates for chemo dates. Medicines and MRIs dotted my calendar like special events and getting a needle or blood drawn was just another part of everyday life,” Star Morgan told the crowd. “My diagnosis has shaped me, but will never define me.”
Participants lit hundreds of lanterns at the end of the event to honour children affected by a brain tumour diagnosis, including many who are no longer with us. They also enjoyed an appearance by Chris O’Connell with FOX29, along with entertainment from local businesses Little Angels Princess Events, and massages from Phila Massages.
The event’s Hero Award honoured Dr. Adam Resnick of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for his outstanding service to children with brain tumours. “Thank you for this award, but the real heroes are the kids,” Resnick said.
As of 21st September, the top individual fundraiser was Jill Bookman ($10,300) and the top team was Jog for Jo ($10,621).
512 miles were walked and at the time of writing $57,749 was raised. Special thanks go to the dedicated volunteers who organised the event, including committee member Jillian Stahl.
Starry Night Boston 8.5K
Boston welcomed about 200 walkers and runners on 26th September for the Boston Starry Night 8.5K, at Joe Moakley Park. Boston’s Starry Night Stars were Carly, Carolyn, Cheyanne, Gary, Kaylee, Liberty and Madalyn. $28,212 was raised for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and 148.75 miles was covered.
“We may have brain tumours, but in no way shape or form does this have to define who we are or who we will be,” Star Cheyanne said.
Participants lit 75 lanterns at the end of the event to honour children affected by a brain tumour diagnosis, including many who are no longer with us. They also enjoyed face painting, a photo booth from sponsor ‘I and Love and You’, games, massages and a pre-event yoga stretch.
Dr. Cori Liptak of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute also attended the event to support the Stars. “It’s not about the walk, it’s not about the fundraising, it’s about the awareness you are bringing. This diagnosis is under represented,” she said.
The event’s Hero Award honoured ‘Friends of Jaclyn’ for their dedication to improving the lives of children with cancer.
As of 28th September, the top individual fundraiser was Kaitlyn Lichwell ($3,845) and the top team was Team MGH ($5,030).
A thanks go to the dedicated volunteers who organised the event, including committee member Keri Wintle.
Starry Night Houston 8.5K
Texans showed up by the hundreds to support children battling brain tumours at the Starry Night Houston 8.5K on 3rd October. The event was held at Sesquicentennial Park, Houston, USA, to honour local children with brain tumours. A total of $35,780.77 was raised for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and 180 miles were donated to Walk Around the World for Brain Tumours.
Participants lit lanterns at the end of the event to honour children affected by a brain tumour diagnosis, including many who are no longer with us.
Houston's Stars were Ave, Benjamin, Kaitlin, Kaitlyn, Liam, Malcolm, Mandy, Pierce and Trent.
The event’s Hero Awards honoured Candace Hurt and Dr. Will Parsons of Texas Children’s Cancer Center. “I think this is an excellent event for people to come together to raise awareness for paediatric brain tumours,” Parsons said.
As of 5th October, the top individual fundraiser was Candace Hurt ($3,000) and the top team was Team Liam ($7,135). The event will continue to raise funds online until Nov. 3.
Thank you goes to the volunteers who organised the event, including committee members Petie Lebanowski, Hope Koehler, Michelle Larkey, Rae Millican, and Sissel Carlsen.
Starry Night Chicago 8.5K
More than 600 walkers and runners from the Chicago area gathered on 3rd October at Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights for the Starry Night Chicago 8.5K. A total of $105,716 was raised for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and walkers covered 481 miles.
The Stars for the event were Bryan, Connor, Daniel, Emma, Garrett, Jakub, Kaylee, Kevin and Michael and Rosie.
Participants lit lanterns at the end of the event to honour children affected by a brain tumour diagnosis, including many who are no longer with us. At the event, participants enjoyed a finish line on Arlington International Racecourse and a performance by the Chapter 1 Band, featuring Star Michael.
Noah Willis lost his battle with a brain tumour just a week before the Starry Night Chicago event. However, he inspired hundreds of people to support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, raising over $28,000. More than 80 members of Team Noah showed up in the wind and rain to light a lantern for him.
The event’s Hero Awards honoured Pat Mac's Pack and Dr. Rishi R. Lulla of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
As of 5th October, the top individual fundraiser was Rosie Colucci ($10,944) and the top team was Team Noah ($28,040).
Thanks got the dedicated volunteers who organized the event, including committee members Julie Zahrebelski, Denise Greunsfelder and Mary Ann Kouvelis.
Starry Night San Francisco 8.5K
The crowd gathered for the evening walk/run at Lake Merced, San Francisco, USA, to honour local children with brain tumours. The walk’s Stars were Audrey, Ashley, Brittany, Brooklynn, Emily, Ethan, Hugo and Isla. Stars Gabrielle, Jeffrey and Natasha, have passed away and were represented by family members. 229 walkers covered a total distance of 458 miles, and $47,801 was raised for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
Starry Night San Francisco’s Hero Awards honoured Dr. Mitchel Berger, chair of neurological surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Child Life Team.
As of 13th October, the top fundraiser was Brittany Lawton ($5,000) and the top team was Joggin’ Noggins ($9,257).
Dedicated volunteers who organized the event are given special thanks, including the chair, Brittany Lawton, and committee members Ashley Yu, Samantha Ip, Christine Rubio, Lina Isa, Erin Resch and Jennifer Jorge. A thank you also goes out to emcee Noah Jacobson of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and to DJ Paul Webb, who provided entertainment.
Starry Night Los Angeles 8.5K
More than 300 supporters gathered in Griffin Park, Los Angeles, USA, on 24th October for the Starry Night Los Angeles 8.5K. At start time, the event had raised $40,163 to help fund the foundation’s lifesaving research and life-changing family support programs.
The event honoured local children with brain tumours. The Starry Night Los Angeles Stars were Adam, Austin, Bella, Ben, Chase, Dylan L., Dylan W., Emily Janelle, Franchesca, Nate, Parker and Sophia. Stars Alexa, Ethan, Katherine, Kylie, Liam, Michael and Zarai, have passed away and were represented by family members.
“To have an event where we can celebrate our child and give them a voice means so much to us,” said Martha Garcia, mother of Star Zarai.
The event’s Hero Awards honoured Cancer Fit and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Neuro-Oncology Support Team. The featured speaker was Dr. Mark Krieger, chief of staff and a neurosurgeon at CHLA.
As of 27th October, the top fundraiser was Denise Weiner ($5,002) and the top team was Team Alexa ($5,677). 442 miles were donated to Walk Around the World for Brain Tumours. Thanks go to the dedicated volunteers who organized the event, including the chair, Kathy Kelley. Special thanks also go out to emcee Phillip Palmer, an ABC7 morning anchor, and to the many who provided entertainment: K-Earth 101, the CHLA Therapy Dog program, the Glendale Dance Center, the Los Angeles Police Department for their fly-by, Corey Carleton for his national anthem rendition, the Star Wars 501st Legion and Cozmo from the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Starry Night Atlanta 8.5K
For the final Starry Night of the year on 7th November, walkers and runners at the Starry Night Atlanta 8.5K raised more than $120,000 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF). Funds are used for research to combat more than 100 types of childhood brain tumours. They also support services for families at a local hospital or community organization
More than 600 supporters gathered for the evening walk/run at Centennial Olympic Park to honour local children with brain tumours. 412 miles were contributed to the IBTA Walk Around the World for Brain Tumours.
The event’s Stars were Andrea, Anna, Ascher, Ashley, Axton, Bryson, Calla, Caroline, Christopher, Courtney, Cristian, Dana, Dominic, Emily, Frederick, Gina, Inonege, Jacob (J.J.), Juan, Katie P., Katie S., Lauren, Lillyauhna, Lincoln, Nicholas, Phillip, Quentin, Sarah G., Sarah M., Shaye, Skylar and Taylor.
Family members represented the following Stars who have passed away: Ana, Bianka, Blake, Brody, Hanna, Jayden, Madi, Malek, Matthew, Matty, Meredith, Peyton, Rose, Ryan and Sophie.
Stars Katie Proctor and Christopher Berger were honoured as PBTF scholarship recipients. The event’s Hero Award honoured Jocelyn Dorsey, an anchor and producer at Atlanta’s ABC affiliate, WSB-TV 2, who is a long-time PBTF volunteer and Ride for Kids supporter and emcee.
As of Nov. 10, the top fundraiser was Dana McNally ($5,140), and the top team was Brady’s Run with the Stars ($13,840).
A special thank you is extended to the dedicated volunteers who organised the event, including leadership committee chair Deborah Hills, Jonathan Sheridan, Abby Kelley, Alyssa Castillo-Keith, Denise Hoegler, Dana McNally and Pressley Chakales. A thank you also goes out to emcees Kristin Klingshirn and Monica Kaufman-Pearson , and to the many who provided entertainment, including ShoutATL for their bouncy houses and giant slide, DJ Marshall Mixer and the 501st Legion’s Star Wars Storm Troopers.
All photos reproduced with kind permission of Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation