Angels Among Us road race raises $2 million for cancer research at Duke

Apr. 26, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

The three-mile run started not with a gun, but with a chant: “We are racing for a cure!”

And with that, a mass of humanity surged forward, more than 4,500 people strong, heading up Flowers Drive, around and through the Duke University campus and toward a shared goal of finishing a race that aims to end brain cancer.

The 21st annual Angels Among Us road race, held Saturday morning in crisp sunshine, raised nearly $2.1 million for brain tumor research at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. Race organizer Ellen Stainback said the amount raised sets a new record.

As in years past, most of the runners were people touched by a disease that afflicts an estimated 70,000 new patients a year in the United States ( Wearing t-shirts for Team Bob, Team Bryan, Team Jon, Greg, Lester, Maggie, Craig, Don, George, the runners identified the many personal battles that united them in the mission to find a cure.

For Clara Guy, 31, a brain tumor patient from Morrisville, Saturday’s race was a first. Diagnosed with a brain tumor shortly after she had her second baby 18 months ago, Guy recently transferred her care to Duke. She is now enrolled in a clinical trial testing an immunotherapy for glioblastoma multiforme and met a fellow runner/survivor who underwent the same investigational therapy 10 years ago.

With a team of more than 200 people wearing green t-shirts sporting a “Charlie’s Angels” theme, Guy said she was bolstered by the support of friends and family who traveled from as far as New York, Florida and California to run with her.

She said seeing so many others on Saturday who are fighting the same battle was awe-inspiring.

“This just means everything to me,” she said after crossing the finish line and meeting her husband and two children. “There is so much support for the people here, for cancer research at Duke – for everyone who is trying so hard every day. It’s just amazing, and it means everything for me to be here today.”