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Thank you Kansas City!

On behalf of the Head for the Cure Foundation, thank you for helping make the 12th annual Head for the Cure 5K Run & Walk – Kansas City the most successful event in our history!

It was a beautiful morning for the 5K run/walk and the celebration of hope for brain cancer patients and their families, friends and supporters. There were over 4500 runners, walkers, volunteers, sponsors and well wishers — many participating on one of the almost 200 Head for the Cure teams supporting a loved one affected by brain cancer. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our donors again this year. As of this writing more than $425,000 has been raised from the KC eventSunday, and donations are still coming in. Thank you for your support and participation!

Congratulations to the overall winners — overall female Shauna Saghbene, overall male Carlos Vasquez, master’s female Joann Shipps, master’s male Mark Westfall — and everyone who participated. Your race results are available here.

Eight extraordinary people were recognized as Keeping the Faith recipientsPlease read their amazing stories and see why they represent the essence of Head for the Cure. Their stories are personal and special, and inspiring. And they illustrate why we keep pushing to grow our cause every year — to raise awareness and funding in the fight against brain cancer. 

All the great photos from Sunday are available here, so be sure to check them out!

Congratulations to Team Going the Distance, our third largest team with 145 participants! Thank you Team Kris Campbell, our second largest team with over 190 participants. And a big thanks toTeam Little Owl, our largest team with over 230 participants!!!

A big shoutout to Team K-Man’s Krew (Keith McFadden), our third Top Team Fundraiser! Thank you Team Cheers to Tom, our second Top Team Fundraiser! And, a huge thanks to Team Kris Campbell, our Top Team Fundraiser!!!

We would also like to honor the top individual fundraisers! Our third Top Fundraiser goes to Chad Tysdahl. Second goes to MacKenzie Clesson. And, our Top Individual Fundraiser was Tom Trabon!!! Thank you all so much for all of your fundraising efforts and your commitment to Head for the Cure!

Donations will be accepted for another 60 days, so ask your friends and family to help support this great cause and help us raise more funds for brain cancer research! 

Finally, we value your feedback, and ask that you take a few minutes to complete this short survey about the run & walk. Our participants and teams are what make our event so special, and your feedback is so helpful as we begin to prepare for next year’s event!

Thanks to the participation and support of so many caring individuals, the hard work of volunteers and the generous contributions of dedicated sponsors and donors, together we are defeating brain cancer step by step.


The Head for the Cure Foundation