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New England Brain Tumor Walk

The New England Brain Tumor community will come together on October 22, 2023 for a 5K Walk to raise awareness and funds to support the needs of patients with brain tumors and their families.

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Event Details

October 22, 2023

7:30 AM – Registration/Check-in Opens

8:45 AM – Remembrance Ceremony

9:00AM – Opening Ceremony and Awards

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.


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.

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

Current registrations fees are below. Child registration options are 12 and under.

  • Adult Walker – $40
  • Youth Walker – $10

Prices increase to $40 for Adults and $10 for Youth participants beginning at 4pm on Thursday, October 19. Please note that t-shirts are not guaranteed to event week registrants. You can stop by the registration tent after the walk to see if we have your size available. Thank you.

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Highest Earning Teams
Rank Team Name Amount Earned
1 Team Oligo $38,927.96
2 Fiore's Fighting Force $37,197.17
3 Smiley Strong $30,898.28
4 4Jack $23,819.56
5 Team Dunn Second To None $14,243.65
6 Hope for Hayes $14,146.99
7 Miles for Mike $12,573.67
8 Strength in Stride $12,175.56
9 Kathryn's Cuties for a Cure $10,262.00
10 Team Martha $8,009.00
Highest Earning Participants
Rank Participant Name Amount Earned
1 Brett Johnson $24,164.04
2 Karolina Atsalis $18,053.20
3 Dexter Murray $10,037.78
4 Erin Brugger $6,532.50
5 Cheryl Dunn $6,463.15
6 Cheri Mehigan Foley $5,865.00
7 Peter Aiello $5,419.89
8 Cheryl Maloney $5,275.00
9 David McSweeney $4,896.52
10 Emma Sokolowski $4,672.10

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.

New in 2023! Anyone who raises $250 by event day will earn a NBTS drawstring back that you will be able to pick up with your event t-shirt at packet pick up or event day!

You have until one month following the event to achieve your fundraising milestone. The fundraising deadline to qualify for the remaining fundraising prizes is November 22(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 $250 on your personal fundraising page by September 22 to earn a NBTS drawstring bag
  • Raise $750 – $1,499 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS long-sleeve moisture-wicking performance tee
  • Raise $1,500 – $4,999 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS quarter zip sweatshirt
  • Raise $5,000-$9,999 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS fleece zip up
  • Raise $10,000+ on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS duffel bag

Team Fundraising Prizes:

  • Raise $1,000 as a team by Friday, September 15th at 9am and receive a Mission Mile Sign with your loved ones name and photo.


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.

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.

Steve “Archie” Archibald

Heidi Bassin

Alexia Baugniet

Alexandra Becker

Kelly Bedingfield

Stephanie Brown

Courtney Dunn

Jessica Giunta

Cody King

Mary Ann Laubacher

Janet McNeil

Carol Miller

Erin Piccioli

Amy Salinger

Emma Sokolowski

Kathy Trickett

Shirley Vernick

As NBTS continues the return to in-person events around the country, we want you to know that the safety and well being of our staff and volunteers is our top priority. We encourage those in attendance to educate themselves of the health risks associated with attending mass gatherings and know that we will be offering virtual opportunities for engagement for those members of our community who opt out of attending. Masks will remain optional at this time, but are encouraged for the immunocompromised or “at-risk” members of our community. If you have been recently exposed to someone who had tested positive for COVID-19 or are exhibiting any symptoms, we do ask that you refrain from attending. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you in person in 2023!

All NBTS events are rain or shine and will not have a cancellation date due to inclement weather. Events will only be canceled if weather conditions are unsafe for participants to attend (i.e. lightning, dangerous winds).

Checks should be made payable to: National Brain Tumor Society. Send donations to: National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 006, Newton, MA 02458. Download a printable donation form to include with your donation. If applicable, the memo line of the check should include the name of the individual or team that you want credited for the donation.

Many employers offer to match gifts made by their philanthropic employees. Whether you donate to National Brain Tumor Society through direct mail, research donations or event donations – check with your Human Resources Department to see whether your company participates.
If your company is eligible, follow these easy steps to watch your impact double:

  1. Request a matching gift form from your employer
  2. Send the completed and signed form to:
    National Brain Tumor Society
    Attn: NBTS Giving
    55 Chapel Street Suite 006
    Newton, MA 02458
    Checks should be payable to the National Brain Tumor Society. Include event name or event participant in the memo line.

    National Brain Tumor Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our federal tax ID number is 04-3068130.

You can register all members of your household, including other adults, all at once. When you get to the last stage of the registration process, you will be asked if you would like to register other members of your household. Select “yes,” and the registration process will continue without requiring additional email addresses. Family registration must be done at the time of initial registration.

Yes, anyone who intends to walk needs to be registered for the event.

Yes, virtual participation is available for all NBTS events. Choose “Virtual Participation” during registration, and you can participate from afar.

Yes, contactless registration will be available online for untimed runners/walkers as a “Day Of” participant using the event website or the QR code scannable at the Packet Pickup/Registration tent onsite. No cash or check payments will be accepted for on-site registration. Event T Shirts are not guaranteed for “Day Of” registrations.

Volunteering at an NBTS event is FREE and a vital part of our events. Choose Volunteer as your participant type. We will contact you after you register to choose your volunteer duty.

If you wish to walk and volunteer pre or post event, register as a walker or runner and contact your Regional Director to let them know you also would like to volunteer!

Event T-shirts will be available for pickup at any available early packet pickup events the week of the event or on event day. Registrants who sign up in the last 30 days prior to the event are not guaranteed a T-shirt.

No ID is necessary to pick up your event shirts and bibs.

You You will have until 30 days after the event to fundraise to earn an incentive. You will be contacted by your Regional Director via email to confirm your item and shipping information. All items will be mailed to homes in the few months following your event. Please see the incentives section on the event website for the full list of prizes available.

Yes, as an event sponsor or company team, your company will connect with the brain tumor community on a platform that will enable a meaningful and enduring impact for both your brand and our mission. Contact for more information.

Yes, if you log in to your Participant Center, you can click the “Fundraise on Facebook” button. This will link your fundraising for your event to your Facebook page, allowing you to solicit donations directly on Facebook. You do not want to launch a Facebook fundraiser directly on Facebook, as it will not be linked back to your event participation. Contact your Regional Director if you need assistance.

Yes! You can download the Brain Tumor Events mobile app on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. From the app you can update your personal fundraising page, solicit donations from friends and family and track your fundraising progress right from your phone!

We will have water and light refreshments available for event participants. Please feel free to bring your own if you have certain dietary restrictions.

Funds raised benefit the National Brain Tumor Society. NBTS unrelentingly invests in, mobilizes, and unites the brain tumor community to discover a cure, deliver effective treatments, and advocate for patients and caregivers. Information on how your fundraiser dollars makes an impact can be found here:

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

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