Written and Photography by Andrew Livelsberger
This multi city event is used to raise money for cure research and awareness. Teams raise money and walk and/or run the 5k route through downtown Columbus.
More information can be found at their website:
American Grain Tumor Association BT5K Columbus
I honestly did not know what to expect from this event. I was contacted by one of the event coordinators, Jessie Wlodarski. Great contact and information, even provided a shot list!
Everything was well coordinated from beginning to end.
Now, to the most important part.
This organization raises money to help research brain tumor cures. Those participating in the event are survivors, those actively fighting, families of those who are no longer with us. It has been a very long time since I have felt such unity in a group.
The love, the care, the compassion...the sense of hope, the sadness of loss. They were all there to love and support one another. This is the way we should be.
|Liz Schilling shares her story of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.|
Here she releases a butterfly in unison with other brain tumor survivors.
|Shortly after the race started, the mass of runners and walkers |
make their way down the street next to McFerson Commons park
|Father/daughter team crosses the finish line, together|
|A survivor is greeted with a high five after crossing the finish line|
|Some brought pictures of those they want the world to remember|
Most think that they cannot do much. Give a little money, volunteer...come out and cheer these people on. Come out and get to know them, understand their struggle. Even just a kind word and compassionate ear can work wonders for all.