CINCINNATI -- Several thousand runners and walkers came together along the Ohio River Sunday morning to raise awareness about a disease affecting Americans of all ages.
The annual Walk Ahead For A Brain Tumor Cure event got started with a bang on Pete Rose’s Way near Yeatman’s Cove. More than 2,300 participants from 19 states participated in this year's event.
In total, the 5K has raised nearly 500,000 since the event began in 2010.
It’s estimated more than 215,000 people nationwide are diagnosed with brain tumors every year. Two yeas ago, Leslie Oliver was one of them.
The Springfield resident came to Cincinnati for treatment. Thanks in part to events such as the one held Sunday and the organization it benefits, she is a healthy 23-year-old.
"I was a very lucky. I found it at a very, very young age. My oncologist was great. My surgeon has been amazing and they just told me, ‘don't stop, don't give up,” Oliver said. “I've got a long life ahead of me."
Proceeds from the walk will go toward research and education at the University of Cincinnati Brain Tumor Center .
The center at the UC Neuroscience Institute offers hope, compassion, expertise and the world’s most advanced technologies to patients from across the region and around the world, according to its website.