By Mara Casey
The eighth annual Blazer Bolt for Brain Cancer race took place Saturday, Oct. 23, in downtown Homewood. A 5K race began at 8 a.m., with a 1-mile fun run that followed.
Blazer Bolt is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2014 by Rhodemarie Maron, a neurologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This organization’s annual event is the Blazer Bolt for Brain Cancer race, which was created to support those who are battling brain cancer. All proceeds directly benefit patients of the UAB Division of Neuro-oncology and Children’s of Alabama Neuro-oncology for research into adult and pediatric brain cancer as well as patient support services.
The run featured multiple teams consisting of patients, family and friends. The course was flat and fast, and ran through Homewood neighborhoods, beginning at Trak Shak on 18th Street.
A Survivor’s Walk took place at 9:20 a.m. for all survivors of brain cancer, which was a moving event for all to see.