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September 10, 2013

The second annual BOP Kids Race - Banding Together to Fight Neuroblastoma will be held at the DMACC Ankeny Campus on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm.  Participants can choose to walk or jog the family/pet friendly trail around the lake on the DMACC Ankeny Campus or run the 5k track. Registration starts at $15 and can be completed online at

The BOP Kids Race benefits the grassroots organization the Band of Parents ( Funds raised by this event will go directly to help fund finding a cure for Neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer affecting approximately 700 children in the U.S. every year. The event was inspired by Eli Horn of Ames and is held in his memory along with others who have passed away from this terrible disease, as well to honor those who still bravely fight.

Today, children with Neuroblastoma have one chance of survival and that is to undergo intense cancer treatments consisting of surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and painful antibody treatments. The standard treatment for Neuroblastoma offers no guarantees and virtually all children who do survive have significant side effects, including sterility, heart problems, learning defects, hearing loss, and the high risk of secondary cancers caused by the treatment itself. What can we do change these outcomes? Find more funding for research. Neuroblastoma is an “orphan” cancer; pharmaceutical companies are not developing new treatments because there is not a large enough patient base to make development profitable. Funding from the government is similarly limited. Time is running out for many of these children – money stands between them and a cure.

This event is being held in conjunction with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. Please join us on Sunday, September 29, 2013 and help us find a cure for the thousands of children affected by this cancer.

For more information

Contact: Aaron Horn


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