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  Children’s National Races for Hope to Fight Brain Tumors
May 5, 2008

For Immediate Release: May 5, 2008

Contact: Paula Darte, 202-476-4500

Washington, DC - Employees and friends of Children’s National Medical Center helped make the 11th annual Race for Hope a big success. The 5K walk/run on May 4 attracted more than 8,000 participants and raised $1,750,000 for brain tumor research.

The Children’s National team, Dr. Bear’s Brain Tumor Busters, raised $67,287 -- more than any of the 286 other teams, with the exception of the race sponsor, Cassidy & Pinkard Colliers. Children’s National also sponsored the Kids’ Fun Run, which featured Dr. Bear and mascots from several local sports teams.

“The enthusiastic support for the Race for Hope – from doctors, nurses, staff, patient families, and volunteers -- demonstrates our commitment to improving lives as we continue to search for a cure for brain tumors,” said Roger Packer, MD, head of the Brain Tumor Institute at Children’s National. “It was a true team effort that supported a great cause.”

The dollars raised will help the Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure pursue their mission to hasten the discovery of a cure.
Join Children’s National at next year’s Race for Hope, which will take place Sunday, May 2, 2009.

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Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a proven leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Children’s has been serving the nation's children for more than 135 years. Children’s National is proudly ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit www.childrensnational.org.