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OHSU'S Neuwelt, Nicholson Help Launch Walk, Run

05/15/06  Portland, Ore.

Two nationally known Oregon Health & Science University cancer specialists will help kick off the National Brain Tumor Foundation's first Portland Angel Adventure 5K Walk/Fun Run Saturday in Portland.

Edward Neuwelt, M.D., professor of neurology and neurological surgery, OHSU School of Medicine, and the Portland VA Medical Center, will join H. Stacy Nicholson, M.D., M.P.H., chairman of pediatrics, OHSU School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief at Doernbecher Children's Hospital will be on hand to launch the event, which raises money for medical research and patient support services to assist those living with a brain tumor diagnosis.

The event starts at the picnic shelter at Willamette Park, located at Southwest Macadam Avenue and Nebraska Street, and follows the Willamette River. Check-in and registration, which is required, begin at 8:30 a.m.

Neuwelt pioneered methods for breaching the brain's natural defense system to deliver chemotherapy compounds to tumors and directs OHSU's Blood-Brain Barrier Program. A noted pediatric oncologist, Nicholson specializes in late complications of therapy and quality of life in survivors of childhood cancer, treatments for children with brain tumors, Langerhans cell histiocytosis and the development of new therapies for children with cancer.

In addition to being a fund-raiser, the Portland Angel Adventure honors those who have been touched by brain tumors, and it builds awareness about the need for more funding to battle the deadly disease, according to the National Brain Tumor Foundation. An estimated 359,000 people in the U.S. are living with a brain tumor diagnosis and more than 190,000 people of all ages and ethnicities in the United States are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor each year.

Registration for adults 18 and older is $25, $15 for students ages 6 to 17, and free for children 5 and younger. Registration includes an event T-shirt, goody bag, food and beverages.

The National Brain Tumor Foundation is a national non-profit organization serving people whose lives are affected by brain tumors. It is dedicated to promoting a cure for brain tumors, improving the quality of life and giving hope to the brain tumor community by funding meaningful research and providing patient resources, timely information and education.

For more information, visit www.braintumor.org/contribute/angel_adventure/oregon/index.html, call Angel Adventure at 866 455-3214, or e-mail Nealika Caden at caden@braintumor.org.

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