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New England Brain Tumor Walk

New in 2022!

The New England Brain Tumor Walk community will be walking a 5K in person on October 16, 2022 at DCR Mother’s Rest at Carson Beach in Boston. After two years of coming together virtually, we look forward to being physically together, once again, for our annual event. Virtual participant and programming options will still be available for those interested or unable to attend in-person.

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Event Details

October 16, 2022

7:30 AM – Registration/Check-in Opens

8:45 AM – Remembrance Ceremony led by Rachael Kittleson, MS Ed, NBTS Director of Community Relations and Victoria (Tori) Best, Pharm.D, BCGP, R.Ph, Associate Director of Community Relations

9:00AM – Opening Ceremony and Awards, featuring:

  • Steven “Archie” Archibald, 11 year brain tumor survivor
  • David Arons, National Brain Tumor Society CEO
  • Wenya Linda Bi, MD, PhD, MassGeneral Brigham
  • Gavin P. Dunn, MD, PhD, MassGeneral Brigham
  • And Emcee Bob Halloran, WCVB Channel 5

9:30 AM – Walk Begins

  • Walk distance at 3.1 mi/5K

Furry friends are welcome at this event as long as they are on a leash.

If you are unable to attend in person, register as a virtual participant and tune in at 9 AM on our New England Brain Tumor Community Facebook page for our opening ceremonies.


DCR Mother’s Rest at Carson Beach GPS address: 180 Mt. Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA 02125

The event is accessible by the MBTA Red Line. Please get off at JFK/UMASS and walk up the street.

There are three lots available for parking: Santander Bank (2 Morrissey Blvd), Corcoran Jennison Co. (150 Mt. Vernon St.) or the Teachers Union (180 Mt. Vernon St.)

There are five reserved spaces near the entrance of the Teachers Union parking for drop offs. This is the ONLY place you will be able to temporarily park and drop off participants who need extra assistance or materials. Please be respectful of these spots and only stay in them for 10 minutes or less.

Please note there is construction happening on the Sumner Tunnel and it is closed on the weekends. There are also temporary road closures near Neponset Circle.

Team Area

For those who want to bring a team tent, please arrive at the venue between 7-7:30 AM and drop off your materials using the Teachers Union temporary parking spots.

Please bring your own tent, table, chairs and team spirit! The event site is very windy, so please make sure to secure your tents appropriately. Please do not BBQ or bring any alcohol onsite!

Registration Options

Youth registration options are 17 and under.

  • Adult Walker – $40
  • Youth Walker – $10
  • Adult Virtual Participant – $25
  • Youth Virtual Participant – $5

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Highest Earning Teams
Rank Team Name Amount Earned
1 Team Oligo $51,496.91
2 Smiley Strong $24,131.63
3 4Jack $20,051.42
4 Team Dunn Second To None $15,755.03
5 Kathryn’s Cuties for a Cure $12,487.53
6 Miles for Mike $10,910.39
7 Bryan’s Brainiac’s $9,025.35
8 Strength in Stride $7,866.75
9 Team Martha $7,726.08
10 The Tumorators $7,569.58
Highest Earning Participants
Rank Participant Name Amount Earned
1 Brett Johnson $24,968.11
2 Cheri Foley $10,810.53
3 Karolina Atsalis $9,132.72
4 Bryan Smith $8,605.35
5 Dexter Murray $7,295.25
6 Alexandra Milloff Butler $7,152.38
7 Kathleen McNally $5,400.00
8 Archie $5,097.39
9 Deborah Gorham $5,048.18
10 David McSweeney $4,823.00

Register and start fundraising early to qualify for some great prizes! Achieve one of the milestones listed below and your prize will be mailed directly to your home.

You have until one month following the event to achieve your fundraising milestone. The fundraising deadline to qualify for fundraising prizes is November 16. (Prizes are not cumulative. You will be given the option of what incentive you would like based on your fundraising total as of the deadline provided and prizes will be shipped to you directly.)

Individual Fundraising Prizes:

  • Raise $500 – $999 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS Winter Beanie
  • Raise $1,000-$2,499 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS long-sleeved tee
  • Raise $2,500 – $4,999 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS branded full zip hoodie
  • Raise $5,000+ on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS branded puffy vest

Team Fundraising Prizes:

  • Raise $1,000 as a team by September 2 to have a Mission Mile sign for who you walk for


Marketing-Ground Team

Help get the message out! We are looking for individuals and groups to hang posters in local stores, libraries, coffee shops, hospitals and more!

Marketing-Social Media

Help get the message out! We are looking for social media savvy volunteers to help raise awareness for the event!

Set-Up Crew (Day Before Event) 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Help with placing route marking signs, placing boxes and supplies in the tents in preparation for event. Hang signage. Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs.

Day Of Event

Volunteer Check-in 5:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Assist the volunteer committee member with checking in all volunteers for the event. Provide site maps, directions and other key items for the volunteers. Organize and pack remaining supplies after the event.

Set-Up Crew (Day of Event) 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Help with unpacking boxes and supplies in the tents in preparation for event. Organize tables in their tents and place tablecloths on the tables. Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs.

Registration 6:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Set up the Registration tent. Check-in pre-registered participants and pass out participant t-shirts.

Line Monitors 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Assist and support registration tent with crowd direction and control in the lines. A mandatory registration training will take place when you arrive. At the end of the event, you will organize and pack supplies in the tent and assist with clean up.

Parking  7:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Direct all vehicles to the drop-off area in order to unload passengers. A briefing about parking options and shuttle stop information will take place as applicable. Must be able to be on your feet for long periods of time.

Food Area 7:00 AM – Noon
Assist in setting up the food area on-site. Monitor and help distribute food to participants. Organize and pack remaining supplies after the event. Must be able to be on your feet for long periods of time.

Honor and Celebrate/Survivor Tent 8:30 AM – Noon
Assist participants in writing messages and hanging photos of loved ones on the Hope and Memory banners.

Kids Area 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Set up kids area; assist kids with activities including painting, arts and crafts, face painting, etc. Clean up kids area.

Route Marshals  9:00 AM – Noon
Direct walk participants from the start/finish line safely around the course and back. Volunteers will assist with road crossings, directions, crowd control and information.

Water Stop 9:00 AM – Noon
Set-up and breakdown water stop for event day. Distribute water to participants.

Entertainment/Activities TBD
Share your skills with participants to make it a memorable experience for all. (Massage therapists, comedians, musicians, face-painters, fitness instructors, etc.)

Photographer 8:00AM-1:00PM

Help capture the memories by taking photos of participants before, during and after the walk!

Post Event

Breakdown 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Help with removing route marking signs. At the event site, help with packing and loading event supplies. Trash collection.

Clean Up 3:00PM-5:00PM

Travel to Newton storage unit to help unload materials and supplies. Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs and stand on feet for long periods of time. Travel required.

COVID protocols

NBTS will be monitoring all guidance and guidelines in place by the CDC and local government in the spring and will make the best decisions for our vulnerable community. Any guidelines will be communicated to registered participants in the weeks leading up to event day. We ask those unable or unwilling to abide by requested COVID-related protocols on event day to participate virtually from the comfort of their home. No registration fees nor donations will be refunded.

Important note about COVID-19:

(updated 3/22)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, National Brain Tumor Society plans to implement the following safety measures for in-person outdoor 2022 events. Please note these are subject to change if conditions worsen in the coming months. NBTS will continue to follow local and national CDC guidelines related to safely convening our community. Please be advised that while we realize restrictions are loosening in some of the regions that we serve, the health and safety of our most vulnerable attendees is our greatest priority. Please reach out to Rachel Backner at if you have any questions or concerns.

  • No on-site registration
  • Masking required for all volunteers, staff and vendors
  • Masking strongly encouraged for all participants attending 
  • Physical distancing when possible
  • Enhanced sanitation 
  • Prepackaged refreshments will be available, but participants are highly encouraged to bring their own

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in adhering to the above protocol during your event. We are so excited to come together as a community after two years and with your help, we can do so safely.

Sponsorship Information

As an event sponsor, your organization will connect with the brain tumor community on a platform that will enable meaningful and enduring impact for both your brand and our mission. Sponsorship will allow your organization to make a difference in the lives of millions.

Download New England Brain Tumor Walk Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact or 617.863.8345.

Thank you to the New England Brain Tumor Walk Volunteer Planning Committee. These volunteers work relentlessly year long to realize the mission of the National Brain Tumor Society. If you are interested in getting involved with the Walk committee, contact Rachel at today.

Donna Archibald

Steve Archibald

Heidi Bassin

Alexandra Becker

Stephanie Brown

Jessica Giunta

Cody King

Mary Ann Laubacher

Janet McNeil

Carol Miller

Amy Salinger

Kathy Trickett

For information and support for the New England Brain Tumor Walk, please contact Rachel Backner at

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