Thank you to everyone who participated the 2021 Virtual MN Brain Tumor 5K!
The Volunteer Planning Committee thanks everyone who participated in this year's event! You truly make all the difference! We hope you enjoyed the virtual format and we look forward to seeing you all in person at next year's MN Brain Tumor 5K.
We are excited to announce that the 2022 event will be held at Stillwater Area High School! More to come next year... Stay tuned!
Event Recap
Video Warm Up Instructed by Amy Hodge
Get ready for the 2021 virtual MN Brain Tumor 5K with this warm-up video instructed by Amy Hodge, fitness instructor, brain tumor survivor and author of Headstrong. Find a copy of her book on Amazon. Ready, set, stretch!

Opening Ceremony with Chris Carr & Company
All warmed up and ready to 5K for brain tumor research? So are we! Watch the opening ceremony for the 2021 virtual MN Brain Tumor 5K presented by Chris Carr And Company.

Courtney Burnett's Story
Courtney Burnett is a 30 year old internal medicine physician in Saint Paul, Minnesota living and working with brain cancer. Her brain tumor journey started in January, 2020 when she began to experience strange neurological symptoms. After two invasive brain surgeries, six weeks of radiation therapy, and six months of oral chemotherapy she was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma. Watch this video to hear Courtney's story and learn about her memoir, Difficult Gifts, that was inspired by her diagnosis and published in February, 2021. Order her book and read her blog at

Thank You to Our VIP Sponsor Ideal Credit Union
We say this all the time because it's SO important to remember - 100% of proceeds go directly to brain tumor research! This is ONLY possible thanks to our generous sponsors. Ideal Credit Union, our VIP Sponsor, has supported the 5K for the past 11 years not only monetarily but also with many volunteer hours put forth by its dedicated employees. Thank you Ideal CU!

In Loving Memory of Jeff Quast
Jeff Quast was born into eternal life on July 8th, 2018 after a nearly two year battle with glioblastoma. Before that he was able to participate in two MN Brain Tumor 5K events. We are honored to be able to share his story as part of this year's event and sincerely thank his family for allowing us to do so. Please take a moment to watch this video and learn about Jeff's story, his life, and his legacy.

An Update from Al Musella
Here with an update and special message for our virtual participants is Al Musella, founder of the Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research and Information, Inc. The foundation wholeheartedly appreciates the commitment of all the participants involved in making this event a success and who continue to drive awareness to this underfunded cause.

Shari Sue's Story
Shari Sue first started participating in the MN Brain Tumor 5K to support her best friend Tammy, who founded the MN event after losing her long-time partner Dave Melde to Glioblastoma. Years later in late 2011, Shari herself was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer called primary central nervous system lymphoma. Today, she is a 10 year survivor and is thankful to have seen her granddaughter be born in 2014 and is excited for the birth of her second grandchild in 2021. Take a moment to watch the video and hear Shari Sue’s story.

Virtual Event Medalists - Congratulations!

Event Medalists
Congratulations to the Virtual Event Medalists! This year the top 3 finisher medals went to the top three men, women and youth participants who raised the most on their personal fundraising profiles as of 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 14. The medalists are:
1st: Dustin Persson
2nd: Curtis Albrecht
3rd: Aaron Timm
1st: Courtney Burnett
2nd: Samantha Carr
3rd: Patty Jensen
1st: Emmy Veenis
2nd: Peyton Franzmeier
3rd: Tied - Christine Banaszewski and Caitlyn Chrest
All medalists will be receiving their medals in the mail in the next week! Congratulations and thank you for raising SO MUCH for brain tumor research!
Virtual Event Grand Prize Winners - Congratulations!

Grand Prizes
Congratulations to the Top Three Grand Prize winners! These three participants raised the most on their personal fundraising pages as of 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 14. The winners are:
1st Place $300 Amazon Gift Card Winner: Emmy Veenis for raising $4,300.00!
2nd Place $200 Amazon Gift Card Winner: Courtney Burnett for raising $1,085.00!
3rd Place $100 Amazon Gift Card Winner: Samantha Carr for raising $1,360!
An honorable mention goes out to Pam Norgard who raised $1,980.00! Pam has been on the Planning Committee since the beginning. We are so thankful for her contributions both as an organizer but also as a participant raising funds and awareness for brain tumor research!
Winners will be officially notified via email with instructions for claiming their prize. Thank you to all who participated!
Congratulations to the Top 8 Teams!

Totals as of 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 14.
A Message from the Volunteer Planning Team
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