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Help join the fight to end brain cancer in the Head for the Cure virtual 5K Saturday

Watch the virtual 5K on Facebook or YouTube at 8 a.m. on Sept. 26

The event was livestreamed on Facebook Saturday morning. If you missed it, you can still tune in by clicking here.

Use discount code LASTCHANCE before registration closes to get $5 off.

Former KSAT News Director Jim Boyle is the inspiration behind San Antonio’s Head for the Cure 5K. In September of 2013, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor after suffering a seizure. Two days later, he underwent a brain biopsy that not only revealed an inoperable glioblastoma tumor but it also caused a brain bleed and a massive stroke. He died six months later.

While the family grieved over their loss, they knew they wanted to do something to help other families.

They worked to bring Head for the Cure 5K to San Antonio to raise money toward brain cancer research and raise awareness about the devastating disease.

“I think the greatest accomplishment for our family is it has given us a great cause to feel that through his death there is meaning,” said Chula Boyle, Jim’s widow.

Interested in sharing your story for the virtual 5K? Share stories to ignite hope for those who have been affected by a brain tumor diagnosis.

Click here for tips on how to film the video. Please email your photos and videos to Courtney Benisch at Courtney@headforthecure.org.

Whether it’s sharing a story of survivorship or a story of fighting in memory of someone who has succumbed to this disease, we can ignite hope.

“The Head for the Cure Race is very important to us,” said Stephanie Serna, KSAT12 anchor. “We register every year, in memory of our late news director, Jim Boyle and to help those who are fighting the disease. While my immediate family has not been directly impacted by brain cancer, we have been impacted by many types of cancers. My father died from liver cancer seven years ago and I believe if this race can help other families with loved ones, fighting cancer, we absolutely want to help.”


How to participate in the virtual 5K:

Leading up to the event get others involved by creating a Facebook fundraiser, share the event on social media, Invite friends, family and coworkers to join your team.

The week of the event run/walk/cycle a 5K in your neighborhood. Creatively burn 300 calories, the average burn of a 5K or snap a selfie during your activity.

On race day, join Head for the Cure on Facebook or YouTube at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, comment along on the Facebook Live video or post a selfie on the San Antonio Facebook event page.

To register or donate today to Head for the Cure, click here.

[Related: Spriester Sessions: ‘Head for the Cure’ discussion on KSAT.com]

KSAT Community operates in partnership with University Health System, Energy Transfer and Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union.


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