Thousands of people from throughout the country laced up on Saturday, April 23, for the 23rd annual Angels Among Us 5K and Family Fun Walk. The event, organized by Ellen Stainback, director of external relations with the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Cancer Center and Mary Woodall, a coordinator with Angels Among Us, attracted more than 4,000 participants and raised over $1.8 million to support brain tumor research at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Cancer Center.
Rosemary Smith and her daughter, Catherine, lead Team DNA.
“I initially got involved because I wanted marry fitness with a good cause,” said Paul Blessing, a half marathon runner. “I’ve come back every year now with my wife, Sharon, because we’ve come to know many people who have or are battling brain cancer. This is my fourth year participating; we have a fundraising team, The Blessings.”
North Carolinian Gavin Finlay, 36, came in first place with a time of 16:55. Joseph Knelman, 31, of Oakland, California, came in second place with 18:09, and Taylor Hurst, 27, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was third, crossing the finish line with 18:12.
"Angels Among Us is more than just a fundraising event, it is a day for our patients to connect with other patients who are also on this journey and, together with their family members have a special day to celebrate life," Stainback said. "We want this day to be very meaningful for our patients, caregivers and supporters."
Team Raines is the top fundraising team having raised $121,389. Toni’s Miracle Angels came in second, having raised more than $105,798. Third place goes to The Tumornators, which to date has raised $47,086. Fundraising for Angels Among Us continues through the end of May. For more information or to donate to a team or individual, visit Angels Among Us.