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ABTA Los Angeles breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run & Walk

The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) will host its annual Los Angeles Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens in Arcadia, CA.

The event was started in 2011 by Los Angeles resident Mark Perry, after he lost his father, Eric, to a brain tumor.

“The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens was one of Eric’s favorite places, so it seemed a most appropriate spot to hold an event in his honor,” said Perry. “We are so proud that in just four short years, the event has grown from a small group of family and friends with a goal of raising $4,000 to a major event for the American Brain Tumor Association.”

This year, the event has already raised more than $60,000 and will draw hundreds of participants who have been impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis, like the Perry family.

“Mark has been an incredible partner and advocate, and has worked tirelessly to help the ABTA put together this event to honor his father, and all those facing a brain tumor diagnosis,” says Katie Purdy, ABTA’s national director of events. “It will be a day of celebration and remembrance as patients, families, friends, and health care professionals come together to make important breakthroughs.”

The Los Angeles BT5K features a chip-timed, certified 5K run followed by an untimed walk, refreshments and entertainment.

Proceeds support the ABTA’s comprehensive support services for brain tumor patients and caregivers, as well as our brain tumor research funding program.

For more information and registration for the Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Los Angeles 5K Run & Walk, visit The registration fee is $35 for adults and $20 for children 6-12 years old. Children under 6 may participate for free. For more information, call the ABTA’s toll-free Event Line at 1-800-886-1281 or email

Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was first and is now the only national organization committed to funding brain tumor research and providing support and education programs for all tumor types and all age groups. For more information, visit

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