Register Now to Run or Walk
The Kelsey Bradley Favrot Memorial 5K Run/Walk scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 3 in Audubon Park in New Orleans is moving to a virtual format to provide maximum protection for participants during the pandemic. The online format allows runners and walkers to support brain tumor care at LSU Neurosurgery New Orleans by registering at Kelseysgoal.com and completing the 5K on their own, whenever and wherever they want, prior to Oct. 3.

Registrations are now open for teams and individuals.  Participants will be able to upload their run/walk times and are urged to share images of their virtual participation on the race’s Facebook page .

Entry fees: $30 pre-registration; $35 race day; $15 discount for youths and seniors. Save $5.00 on registration fees by creating a group or team. Online registration and donations: kelseysgoal.com.  Race winners will be posted after Oct. 3 on Kelseysgoal.com

Sponsorships are available by calling Katherine O’Hagan at LSU Health Foundation at (504) 568-2430.

The virtual option offers a lot of flexibility for runners/walkers of all ages who can participate virtually, from any location, at any time prior to Oct. 3.
“By moving our event to a virtual format, we are able to continue to support our cause of expanding pediatric neuro-care in our community in a way that is safe and convenient for everyone,” said Frank Culicchia, MD, chairman of LSU Health New Orleans Neurosurgery.

“We are most grateful to the community of supporters that has grown since the race began. Even during a pandemic we have teams who have registered to race at their own place,” Culicchia said.

This marks the 6th year for the fundraising run/walk honoring the late Kelsey Favrot’s wish that neuro-oncology care in New Orleans be among the best in the country so patients would not have to travel out of town for treatment. As a result of these efforts, neuro-oncology care has expanded at LSU Health New Orleans, Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Aaron Mammoser is now in his 5th year as the Kelsey Bradley Favrot Chair in Neuro-Oncology, treating patients and overseeing several clinical trials for brain tumor patients.

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About Kelsey Bradley Favrot
On January 8th, 2008, Kelsey Favrot was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor known as Gliomatosis Cerebri. During the next 20 months, Kelsey underwent surgery, radiation and chemotherapy with courage, hope and grace. Unfortunately, she had to receive treatment out of town because none of the hospitals in New Orleans had a physician whose primary focus was neuro-oncology. The distance was a hardship for Kelsey, her family and friends, who would have preferred she remain in New Orleans for care so they could be at her side. Throughout her treatment, Kelsey expressed concern for those brain cancer patients unable to travel out of state, whether constrained by their illness or financial considerations. With characteristic determination, Kelsey began to explore ways to assist those who would face a brain cancer diagnosis in the future. Kelsey succumbed to brain cancer in August 2009. More information about the run/walk and the Kelsey Bradley Favrot Brain Tumor Initiative can be found at: www.kelseysgoal.com.

About LSU Health Foundation, New Orleans
The LSU Health Foundation, New Orleans exists to support LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and its fourfold mission of patient care, education, research, and community outreach through fundraising, asset oversight and management, and the unification of donor passions with institutional priorities. Working together, all three contribute to the success of LSU Health New Orleans as it strives to Discover, Teach, Heal, and Serve. More information about this and other philanthropic opportunities at LSU Health New Orleans may be found at: www.lsuhealthfoundation.org.