Here’s an announcement of an upcoming fund-raiser at Club Fit that sounds like fun and healthy, and it’s good for all ages:
If you think a brain tumor is something that happens to someone else’s child, think again. In October 2008, a six-year-old boy from our community was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a brain tumor. While it was a shocking diagnosis for his family and friends, each year over 3,000 children in the US are diagnosed with some form of a brain tumor. Approximately 10% are in the tri-state area. Unfortunately, this child was not the only child diagnosed with a brain tumor in our area over the past few years.
Currently, pediatric brain tumor research is under-funded and the general public remains unaware of the magnitude of the disease. Less than 3% of the National Institute of Health’s budget is targeted at childhood cancer research and a minuscule fraction of these funds is budgeted towards research for pediatric brain tumors. Brain tumors can strike anyone; they do not discriminate based on gender, ethnicity or socio-economic boundaries.
While historically the picture for children battling brain tumors has been bleak, there is good news on the horizon. Research identifying a mutation in certain tumor tissue promises to afford new answers as to how and why pediatric brain tumors occur. We can’t ignore the real need for a treatment/cure breakthrough or the possibility that such a breakthrough can be a reality. Now is the time for us to take action.
Hopefully by now you are asking, “How can I help?”
You can support pediatric brain tumor research while enjoying a day with your family and friends at the 3rd Annual Think Fit For Kids Family Fitness and Fun Festival to Benefit a Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure on Sunday, March 3rd from 2-5 pm at Club Fit in Briarcliff Manor, NY.
Please join us for a Giant Family zumba class, basketball drills and games or use Club Fit’s state-of-the art fitness facility. There will also be a “Mommy & Me” class. We will conclude the afternoon with our Fun Festival in the gym featuring food, fun and music and maybe even some surprise guests!! Our event is sponsored by many of your favorite local restaurants and merchants*.
Everyone can participate, regardless of age or fitness level.
If you joined us in the past, you witnessed the power of our community joining together to raise funds and awareness for this orphan disease. If you have been unable to attend in the past, please view our short slide show below which really captures the magic of the day.