...Or should it be "raise, Concern, raise!"...? Either or, TEAM CONCERN excelled at both this year at the 25th LA Marathon, from The Stadium to the Sea. A week ago Saturday & Sunday, Team Concern had nearly 80 participants between our 5k and Marathon teams, with almost 100% race completion from our participants. Our true success, though, was in our fundraising efforts, raising over $60,000.00. For our first year as an Official Charity of the LA Marathon, I would say that is far from shabby.
We are so proud of those Team Concern participants who represented us so fabulously in the LA community, who dedicated hours and hours to training, fundraising, and mentally preparing to take on this lofty challenge. We hope to have each and every Team Concern participant from 2010 back in 2011 to raise even more funds. This year's fundraising will ensure another cancer researcher's salary for a whole entire year.
Our Cheer Zone on the marathon course, in Beverly Hills at the corner of Wilshire and Bedford Dr. was another huge success. Our very own Heidi Allyce sang with all her might to encourage the 25,000 participants that passed the Concern cheer zone on March 21st. Special thanks to Rio Hondo Police Academy Extended Class #8, Starbucks Coffee, La Pain Quotidien, Carroll & Co., AV Masters, Steve & Debbie Ullman, Bob & Lorene Goldman, Le Spa at the Sofitel Hotel LA, Save the Ta-tas for sponsoring the event and helping to make our cheer zone such a phenomenal success. A special thanks to Lisi Teller for coordinating our volunteers, sponsors, decor and entertainment. We could not have made it through the day without you!
Founded in 1968 by 15 couples, Concern Foundation remains one of the most successful grassroots and independent non-profit organizations in Los Angeles. After 42 years of fundraising and funding research, Concern has granted over 550 researchers around the world their start-up funding to fight this disease.