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NSMRJB ‘Walk 4 Children’ raises $16,013

Walk 4 Children: North Suburban Medical Research Junior Board (NSMRJB) third annual walk-a-thon: Karen Segal of Glencoe is the founder of NSMRJB. Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
Walk 4 Children: North Suburban Medical Research Junior Board (NSMRJB) third annual walk-a-thon: Vanessa Ladin of Deerfield served as walk chairman. Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
Walk 4 Children: North Suburban Medical Research Junior Board (NSMRJB) third annual walk-a-thon: Brooke Friedman of Deerfield is event co-chair. Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
Walk 4 Children: North Suburban Medical Research Junior Board (NSMRJB) third annual walk-a-thon: From left, Dianne Kennedy of Lincoln, Nebraska with Faith Hiton, of Buffalo Grove. Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
And theyÕre off: Walk 4 Children: North Suburban Medical Research Junior Board (NSMRJB) third annual walk-a-thon.  Karen Segal (center) of Glencoe with sons Andrew (left), 18, and Jonathan, 16, both Winnetka North Shore Country Day School students. Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
Walk 4 Children: North Suburban Medical Research Junior Board (NSMRJB) third annual walk-a-thon: From left, Jay and Linda Daab of Vernon Hills. Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
Walk 4 Children: North Suburban Medical Research Junior Board (NSMRJB) third annual walk-a-thon: From left, Ari Glazer and Brody Siegel, both 5, of Highland Park. Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
What a hat! Walk 4 Children: North Suburban Medical Research Junior Board (NSMRJB) third annual walk-a-thon. Jordyn Golding, 7, a Deerfield Wilmot School student, loves her hat made by balloon artist Ryan Freeman. Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
NSMRJB Walk 4 Children: North Suburban Medical Research Junior Board third annual walk-a-thon: The Weiss family of Highland Park: From left, Noah, 8, Alexa, 6, both Lincoln Elementary School students, with their parents Pete and Jamie. Pete owns Little Louie's Hot Dogs in Northbrook. Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
And theyÕre off: Walk 4 Children: North Suburban Medical Research Junior Board (NSMRJB) third annual walk-a-thon. Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
Walk 4 Children: North Suburban Medical Research Junior Board (NSMRJB) third annual walk-a-thon. Ryan Freeman, balloon artist, makes all kinds of fun characters for kids of all ages. Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
Walk 4 Children: North Suburban Medical Research Junior Board (NSMRJB) third annual walk-a-thon: Alexa Weiss, 6, a Lincoln Elementary School student and patient who was treated at ChildrenÕs Memorial Hospital, sees her face painting designs in a mirror. Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media

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.

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