Date: May 20th, 2012
Location: Franklin Square, Philadelphia
The first annual CureSearch walk in Philadelphia took place on May 20th, 2012 in Franklin Square, Philadelphia. The walk was a largely symbolic stroll twice around the park covering approximately 1 mile with over 600 walkers participating. The event was attended by teams supporting cancer survivors, current patients and those that have lost children to cancer. Each survivor and patient received a medal at a ceremony held before the walk. For those that had lost a child, there was a balloon release and a moment of silence.
One of the doctors from St. Chris was explaining how childhood cancer survival rates have improved from around 10% to over 70% in the last 30 years. That is, of course, excellent progress, but sadly that is not true of brain cancer where survival rates for some forms of brain cancer have hardly changed in the last 30 years. That is why we fight for funding and for awareness.
The event raised over $63,000 for childhood cancer research. Team Spirit was the top fundraising team having raised over $8,000 and two members of the team were in the top 5 individual fund raisers.