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Walk to benefit brain tumor research set for Aug. 9

Franciscan St. James Health is one sponsors this year's walk.  |  Supplied photo

Franciscan St. James Health is one of the sponsors of this year's walk. | Supplied photo

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Updated: September 4, 2014 6:14AM



The fifth annual Mary E. Smith Brain Tumor Awareness Fun Run/Walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Community Walk Path, 4200 W. 183rd St., Country Club Hills, according to a press release from the Mary E. Smith Foundation, Inc.

The foundation once again has partnered with the city of Country Club Hills to bring a family friendly event in support of scholarship/grant programs which aid in the advancement and awareness of brain tumor research, the release said.

The event is sponsored by Franciscan St. James Health, I-94 Nissan of South Holland, Sraga Hauser LLC attorneys at law, Asorta/Let Us Cater, and People Cab of Bellwood, the release said. It features Zumba by Mind in Motion fitness as well as raffles and free back-to-school supplies, it said.

The awareness fun run/walk and the organization’s participation in a Macy’s Shop for a Cause event are its main fundraisers, the release said.

To date, the charity has given away more than $20,000 in scholarships, the release said.

“We can proudly say that we have supported the education of students at Loyola, Tuskegee, Princeton, Xavier and the University of Chicago, just to name a few,” Tiffany Woodson, president and the daughter of the charity’s namesake, said in the release.

This year’s scholarship recipients are Mark Delaney, attending the University of Arizona; and Lam Tran, attending the University of Pennsylvania, the release said.

To register for the walk, learn more about the organization or view pictures of past events, visit www.maryesmithfoundation.org. One also can learn about how buying a $5 Macy’s Shopping pass for the Aug. 23 Macy’s event will benefit the charity.

For more information, call (708) 342-0800 or (773) 791-4412.

Staff report



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