Runners Race Along the Lakefront in Support of Brain Tumor Research

The 2012 Magellan Development Chicago Spring Half Marathon and 10K raised funds for Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute

CHICAGO— More than 1,500 runners braved wind and rain as they raced along Chicago’s Lakefront in support of brain cancer research during the 2012 Magellan Development Chicago Spring Half Marathon and 10K on Saturday, May 12. The event raised more than $100,000 for the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI).

Magellan Development has supported NBTI for the past three years by naming it as the official charity of the race, which is held in May during Brain Tumor Awareness Month. The company chose to support the Institute after Louis Berger, the late husband of Robin Loewenberg Berger, chief marketing officer for Magellan Development, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

“Magellan is proud to support the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute in its quest to find improved treatments and eventually a cure for brain cancer,” said Loewenberg Berger. “This race is a wonderful way to commemorate Brain Tumor Awareness Month and help educate the public about this disease.”

Physicians, nurses, and other NBTI staff took park in the day’s event, as well as a number of patients and family members who ran in honor of their loved ones. NBTI co-directors James Chandler, MD, surgical director of neuro-oncology, and Jeffrey Raizer, MD, medical director of neuro-oncology, both completed the 10K race.

“This event is a great opportunity for the whole NBTI team to honor our patients and their families who have experienced the impact of this disease firsthand,” said Chandler. “We are grateful for Magellan’s continued support and dedication to supporting Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute’s mission.”

Along with raising funds for NBTI, the event was also an opportunity to raise awareness about brain cancer and the importance of research.

“Each year, this event provides a stage for us to educate the public about brain cancer and how it impacts our society,” said Raizer. “It’s very powerful to run in a large group of people dedicated to helping us by contributing to research that will help us find better treatments for brain cancer and may eventually lead to a cure.”

NBTI is a comprehensive program which merges clinical research with medical and surgical treatment for brain and spinal tumor patients. The Institute offers state-of-the-art clinical care while also providing the resources and support necessary for patients and their families to meet the challenges of living with a brain tumor.
NBTI is a collaboration of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Robert. H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

NBTI will celebrate its 4th annual gala, Minds Matter, with special guest actress, comedienne and television producer Bonnie Hunt, on Friday, September 28, at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago. For more information on that event or NBTI, visit

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Northwestern Memorial HealthCare is the parent of Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, an 894-bed academic medical center hospital and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, a 205-bed community hospital located in Lake Forest, Illinois.

About Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Northwestern Memorial is one of the country’s premier academic medical center hospitals and is the primary teaching hospital of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Along with its Prentice Women’s Hospital and Stone Institute of Psychiatry, the hospital comprises 894 beds, 1,705 affiliated physicians and 6,769 employees. Northwestern Memorial is recognized for providing exemplary patient care and state-of-the art advancements in the areas of cardiovascular care; women’s health; oncology; neurology and neurosurgery; solid organ and soft tissue transplants and orthopaedics.

Northwestern Memorial possesses nursing Magnet Status, the nation’s highest recognition for patient care and nursing excellence. It is also listed in 13 clinical specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 “America’s Best Hospitals” guide and ranks No. 1 in Chicago in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals metro area rankings. For 12 years running, Northwestern Memorial has been rated among the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” guide by Working Mother magazine. The hospital is a recipient of the prestigious National Quality Health Care Award and has been chosen by Chicagoans as the Consumer Choice according to the National Research Corporation’s annual survey for 13 years.

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