Head for the Cure supports several research programs through two primary vehicles: First, our scientific partner, the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative (BTTC), housed within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), receives roughly half of our grant funding. This is used to design and launch multi-center clinical trials within a national network of top cancer centers.

Second, another half of research grants go to brain cancer clinics and advocacy groups nationwide, in cities where we host Head for the Cure 5K events.

In addition to direct funding of research through grants, we operate other programs to support the community. These include our patient navigator Brains for the Cure, our Keeping the Faith program to honor inspiring survivors of brain tumors, and our new Community-powered Fundraising program where we offer coaching and support to people starting their own events and fundraisers.


Community-powered Fundraising

Bring a fundraiser to your city,
town, or neighborhood today!



Local Beneficiaries & Grants

A portion of the net proceeds raised through our 5K Run/Walk events benefit a local clinic or foundation to support their brain cancer research or programs.  Learn more about our beneficiaries.

Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative

The primary beneficiary of Head for the Cure is the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative to support brain cancer clinical trials and research.

Brains for the Cure

Brains for the Cure, our navigator for patients and caregivers, provides the community tools to help understand, manage, and cope with a brain tumor diagnosis.

Stevie Patrick Legacy of Love Award

At each 5K event, we will honor one nominated caregiver, medical professional or supporter who embodies actions of integrity, encouragement, determination, and serving those who currently or have battled a brain tumor.

Keeping the Faith

At each 5K event, we pay tribute to extraordinary individuals who are currently fighting or who have survived a brain tumor, selected from the nominations submitted by their loved ones.

Grassroots Fundraising

There are many ways to bring the fight against brain cancer to your community. Whether it is big or small, every effort of raising funds, awareness and hope for the brain tumor community will help us defeat brain cancer step by step.