Friendly volunteers in festive red shirts welcomed families to Tamarack Day Camp on June 2. Some 300 people gathered to support pediatric brain tumor research. They all took part in the third annual Walk 4 Children’s of the North Suburban Medical Research Junior Board.
Funds raised by the North Suburban Medical Research Junior Board assist research initiatives at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Research Center. Currently the NSMRJB supports Dr. Stewart Goldman’s research in neuro-oncology.
One of the goals of this third annual walk-a-thon, which featured hula-hoop dancing, basketball clinics and balloon artists, was raising awareness.
“We think it’s important to have a family day to support that awareness so we can show our children that this is a really good cause and hopefully, get them into being charitable,” said Vanessa Ladin, a Deerfield resident and walk chairman. “Getting together, and being happy and healthy and supportive of each other is really important.”
Karen Segal of Glencoe, of the Crate & Barrel founder family (Gordon Segal), founded NSMRJB in 1996. “Eighteen years ago,” said Karen Segal, “my son Andrew was born and he was born healthy so I felt that I had to do something to give back and I founded the board.”
Segal was touched when families she knew were struggling with pediatric brain tumors.
Andrew, now 18 and a senior at North Shore Country Day School, proudly held up the starting line banner with his younger brother Jonathan, 16, a North Shore Country Day School sophomore.
The walk-a-thon raised $16,013 to support brain tumor research.