On Saturday, March 12th, 2022, Rancho Sahuarita will host its third “Rancho Sahuarita Cancer Walk” event, designed to raise awareness and funds in the fight against brain cancer. All fundraising efforts for the walk will benefit the Sharpe/NBTS Brain Cancer Research Awards through the National Brain Tumor Society, which are designed to fund groundbreaking cancer research at top institutions throughout the country.
In 2016, the National Brain Tumor Society formed the awards through a partnership with Bob and Deborah Sharpe to work with top brain tumor researchers in order to more rapidly advance research and develop new therapies for individuals with glioblastoma (GBM), an aggressive brain cancer. Since then, over $1.3 million has been raised through the efforts from the community’s
two previous walk events, in 2017 and 2019. Hundreds have turned out at the events and donated to the cause.
Jeremy Sharpe, Managing Partner of Rancho Sahuarita, spoke to the walk’s importance and to the legacy left by his late father saying, “The fight against cancer is something that is very personal for so many, and something that often touches each of us in one way or another. Through my father’s battle with GBM and his journey spent dedicating the last few years of his life to helping find a cure, I’ve had the privilege to learn so much about the profound impact that research that can have on patient outcomes and quality of life. That’s why we are thrilled to help raise even more awareness and funds for this important cause, with my father’s memory and motto of “Today is a Good Day” guiding us along the way.”
According to the National Brain Tumor Society, an estimated 700,000 people in the United States are living with a primary brain tumor today. Tragically, pediatric brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related death among children and adolescents ages 19 and younger. Currently, there is no cure for this devastating disease. More information can be found at www.braintumor.org.
The 2022 walk will be held at Sahuarita Lake in Sahuarita, Arizona, and will feature a 5K run/walk, music, entertainment and more. To register for the walk or to donate, visit ranchosahuaritacancerwalk.com.