Burnham Institute for Medical Research’s Team Burnham, represented by over 60 runners, rallied for the third consecutive year to compete in the Walt Disney World full and half marathons on January 9 and 10, 2010. Team members are driven by a passion to “run for discovery” and are raising awareness and funds in support of basic medical research. The team included scientists, individuals whose lives have been touched by disease, and a host of supporters, but all share the same passion - to improve the lives of others by developing new disease therapies.
According to Peter Lawrie, a long-time Team Burnham member and cancer survivor, “ I run for discovery because Burnham researchers fight to find cures for not only cancer, but a multitude of today’s most prevalent killer diseases. The scientists’ will to succeed has much in common with the endurance required to complete a marathon.”
New to the team this year was Alan Bryd, who was so captivated by the team’s spirit last year that he signed up immediately after the marathon. His motivation drove him to lose weight and stop smoking. His new wellness regimen helped him to prepare for the marathon and achieve an enduring fit and healthy lifestyle.
Joining veteran marathon runner, Burnham CEO John Reed, M.D., Ph.D., and Burnham at Lake Nona scientific director, Daniel Kelly, M.D. were a number of other scientists who have devoted their professional lives to the study of the disease complications of obesity. Notably, Dr. Philip Wood, author of “How Fat Works,” joined the race this year as he modeled his belief in the substantial health benefits of exercise.
Funds received from the event will support research in the areas of cancer, neurodegeneration, diabetes, heart disease, and infectious, inflammatory, and childhood diseases.
The team included Burnham scientists from both the East and West coasts, along with local business and community leaders, who each committed to raising $2500 for medical research while training over the past several months. Runners embarked on a structured five month physical fitness training program that included nutritional instruction, training from certified running coaches and weekly organized runs. Professional marathon coach, Bill Wenner with Team Hendryx, oversaw the training of the Orlando-based team. Team Burnham sponsors included Baker Hostetler, BE & K Construction, Harmoni Market, CORT Furniture Rental, Florida's Blood Centers, Orlando Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Berman Properties, Fleet Feet Sports and Brooks. For more information about Team Burnham, visit the team’s website, http://www.teamburnham.org/.