Brain Power 5K raises money for brain cancer research



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Posted on September 8, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 8 at 7:00 PM

LEANDER, Texas -- About 1,000 people filled the Williamson County Regional Park for the third-annual Brain Power 5K. The group of brain cancer survivors and runners are raising money for research.

Some take on this 5K in honor of those who lost their battle with brain cancer.

"We're running for my daughter, Cricket. She's in heaven," said one participant in the 5K.

Others are taking on the race for those who can't run themselves.

"Her husband, Gary W. Yoder II," said another participant.

And then there are those who are running for themselves -- current brain cancer patients and survivors. Brooke Wheeler is one of them.

"I had a seizure on June 28 and that's when we found the tumor," Wheeler said.

Her team of 50, The Victory Birds, raised $5,000. The total amount raised at the race equaled $80,000. All of that money will go to brain cancer research.

"We fund cutting-edge research at MD Anderson, brain tumor research," said Lanie Rose with the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation, a foundation that supports brain cancer research. "We fund new drug development where the drugs are brought to the patients much more quickly."

Lanie Rose started the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation in 2003 after her 27-year-old daughter Marnie, a resident at a children's hospital in Houston, died from brain cancer.

"We felt that her death was almost in vain," Rose said. "It was just a senseless death to take this young, successful, beautiful girl and so we wanted to do something that was lasting and fulfilled her goal of treating people."

A portion of the money from the race will go to the foundation. The rest will go to the Scott and White Brain Tumor Center.

"Our goal is to find a cure for brain cancer," Rose said.

That's a goal Wheeler now shares.

"We're gonna kick it, man. It's done. I love it," Wheeler said. "Just thinking of mine, and the different things that you look at five years ago to now that they can do for it. It's a blessing just to know I get to receive that."

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