Walk raises awareness, funds for brain tumor research

On Sunday, May 17, St. Louis Chapter Hadassah will hold its 10th annual Suzy Esstman’s Walk On Sunshine to raise funds to help find a cure for brain tumors. The family-oriented community-wide event will take place at Queeny Park (off Weidman Road) in Ballwin, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the walk at 10. Participants are invited to bring banners to carry on the walk honoring or remembering loved ones who have been affected by a brain tumor. 

The event was the idea of local community activist and friend Suzy Esstman, who at the time was living with an inoperable brain tumor and wanted to help raise awareness and research funds for the disease. Esstman died in 2007.  Since then, however, new protocols and diagnostic tools have been developed using the proceeds from the past nine walks. Past walks have attracted morte than 700 attendees.

This year’s walk is in honor of the late Robert “Bob” Levin. Members of the Levin family will take part in this year’s walk.  

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Walk On Sunshine T-shirts and tote bags will be available for purchase. The walk is suitable for strollers and pets; all ages are encouraged to attend. Information about the walk and online registration may be found at walkonsunshine.org or call 314-991-0434.