Holiday Newsletter from Head for the Cure

Happy Holidays from the Head for the Cure Foundation!


A letter from the Head for the Cure Foundation. Funds raised by the HFTC Foundation provided the seed money to help launch the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative (BTTC)!


Firsts, celebrations and successes highlighted 2012 for the Head for the Cure Foundation (HFTC) as we continued our quest to defeat brain cancer step by step. Let’s take a moment to reflect on the milestones of the past several months:

Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative Support

In 2012, the Head for the Cure Foundation granted the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative (BTTC) at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center with the highest annual contribution ever granted. The BTTC is the primary beneficiary of our HFTC fundraising, with other funds going to secondary beneficiaries such as the Brain Legacy Foundation, Solace House and Victory in the Valley.

More than $1.8 million has been granted to the BTTC since the founding of Head for the Cure. The continued HFTC funding has allowed the BTTC to expand its network of participating institutions (from 16 to 23) to assist in the discovery of new and effective therapies for treatment of brain tumors.

Record Participation at Kansas City 5K

The Metro KC 5K celebrated its 10th anniversary and experienced a record turnout of 4,800 participants at Corporate Woods in Overland Park, Kan. Runners, walkers, volunteers, sponsors and well-wishers turned out despite a rain-threatened morning.

Recognition of the “10 in 10” team was one of our many activities at the post-5K celebration. The 10 in 10 team included 10 persons who’ve participated in all 10 5K runs. Also, six people were recognized with our “Keeping the Faith” award — Elaine and Frank Eppright, Brooke Pinson, Aaron Marsh, Charles Robertson and Sarah Inman. These honorees represent the essence of Head for the Cure. Their stories are personal, special and inspiring. These individuals embody the passion and personal situations central to our cause.

The Metro KC 5K included a record number of teams (over 200) that participated in support of or to honor a family or friend suffering from brain cancer. About 60 percent of all runners and walkers are members of a team.

Considering that the first HFTC 5K in September 2003 attracted about 275 runners and walkers and raised $300, the 2012 event was a day to celebrate. Since 2003 about 45,000 have participated in HFTC 5K events.

National 5K Run/Walk Program Expanding

For the second consecutive year we added another HFTC 5K event to the schedule. It took place June 30 in Wichita — and what an outstanding first-year turnout. More than 700 participated, and even more impressive was the overwhelming volunteer support. Five cities now host HFTC 5K events.

Two more cities have been scheduled for 2013: March 17 in Austin, Texas, and a yet-to-be determined spring date in St. Louis. HFTC Foundation Chairman Matt Anthony anticipates adding two or three additional cities to the 2013 schedule.

Community Growth, Support

We’ve also experienced growth in other areas: the brain tumor support community, sponsorships and donations. Plus, the HFTC Foundation opened a national office in March at 2020 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, Mo. Check out these 2012 numbers:

Support community (5K participants, volunteers, donors, sponsors)

+76% growth since 2010

+175% growth since 2008

Donor Contributions (in addition to registration fees)

+85% growth since 2010

+355% growth since 2008

Financial Support from Sponsors

+93% growth since 2010

+273% growth since 2008

Awareness and Publicity

Participation in Head for the Cure Foundation run/walk events is growing on all levels, including paid registrations, sponsorship support and financial donations in support or memory of someone fighting brain cancer. Media coverage of Head for the Cure’s mission to defeat brain cancer was stronger in 2012 than any previous year.

Some of the positive media coverage included encouraging stories about individuals affected by brain cancer and their families, information about the brain tumor trials being administered by the BTTC, a fun look back at the founding of the organization 10 years ago, coverage of HFTC Foundation board member Harry Campbell’s Get Real Leadership book and speaking tour — a unique and successful fundraising campaign for our Foundation, and so much more.

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There is still time to increase your giving this holiday season before the end of the year if you are able. You can make a donation online or mail to The Head for the Cure Foundation Att: Lauren Ziegler 2020 Baltimore Suite 201 Kansas City, MO 64108.