All for Team Pamela Sue and Dana
Accelerate the Cure for Brain Cancer
In 1997, the Race for Hope was founded by Lionel and Sandy Chaiken along with Dana Daczkowski and Nike Beddow. The Chaiken's had recently lost their daughter Pamela to brain cancer and Dana was battling a recurrence of her anaplastic astrocytoma tumor. We wanted to raise awareness about the dire need for new, effective treatments and raise funds to drive the research. We also knew we couldn't do it alone, we needed friends, family, co-workers...everyone to join the fight. Together, we attended other charity races while searching for a sponsor. Thankfully, Duron Paints came through with a check that helped to establish the Race for Hope (see the vintage photo to your right!)
This year Team Pamela Sue and All for Dana have joined forces to create a team that celebrates the compassion and determination that inspired the Race for Hope for 20 years! Pamela Sue was a wonderful and inspiring lady who left a positive impression on everyone she met. Pam died peacefully on September 29th, 1995, surrounded by the amazing and loving members of her family, Lionel, Sandy and Stephanie. Dana was a runner, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a friend and little sister to Nike. She also was the most determined person you'll ever meet. Dana died two months after the first race on June 6, 1998, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Twenty years and almost $27,000,000 later, the Race for Hope is now the largest brain tumor race in the world. Our teams have been there all twenty years, and so far we have raised over $900,000. Much of the money we've raised has been used for research that has resulted in treatment advancements like a brain tumor vaccine, gene marker therapy, and the drug Avastin.
On behalf of the entire All for Team Pamela Sue and Dana family, we want to thank you for your support this year, as well as the support you have shown us over the last twenty years. Please join our team on May 7, 2017 as we attack brain tumors with a sense of urgency and give hope to those suffering with brain tumors today.
Nike Beddow and Lionel & Sandy Chaiken