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Miles for Migraine Walk/Run to be held Saturday, October 7 at 8:30 a.m. in Scenic Wissahickon Park

October 7, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am



Two-Mile Walk, 5K/10K Run to Fund Migraine and Headache Disease Research

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) Greater Philadelphia area walkers and runners are getting set for the fifth annual Miles for Migraine walk and run scheduled for Saturday, October 7 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Wissahickon Park. The two-mile walk and 5K/10K run raise funds to help increase public awareness about headache disease and the need to fund headache disease research. The walk and two runs will take place along Forbidden Drive at Valley Green at 120 Northwestern Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19118 (look for Germantown Pike at Bruno’s Restaurant; the race will begin in front of the Cedar’s Café on Forbidden Drive).There is also a Scavenger Hunt for all ages, with prizes given to participants. Finally, new for 2017 is a post walk/run breakfast at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club.

Registration for this event is now taking place and costs $40.00 with a $5.00 discount for those under 18 and early registration discounts are available through September 14, 2017. Participants may pick up their event packets at Philly Runner on Friday, October 6 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 3621 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Or, day of event pre-registration will begin on-site at 7:00 a.m. Please visit the event website for more information about parking, etc. The race director is Kathleen Titus.

Following the walk and run, awards will be given out to the top male and female walkers and runners, and top fundraisers. All participants will receive a t-shirt and finishing medal. Donations may be made directly to the organization or in support of walkers or runners. Miles for Migraine is accepting sponsorships through September 25. Amgen® and Teva are this year’s Diamond sponsors.

Volunteers are needed to assist on race day and are asked to email Katie McDonald at [email protected], call her at 802.734.7598 or sign up here. Race teams are welcome, and friends and family are invited to cheer on the participants and for light refreshments following the walk/run. This timed event will be held rain or shine.

The new post walk/run breakfast at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club is $18.00 per person or free for those who raise at least $125.00. Participants can pay when they when register online. Dr. Stephen Silberstein, director of the Jefferson Hospital Headache Center, will present “Updates on Treatments for Migraine and Headache” and field questions from the audience. Attendees can network and meet others with the disease, including caregivers and children.

Executive director Shirley Kessel and her daughter Sydney, who is event vice chair, are supporting this walk/run to help those people who, like themselves, deal with migraine on an ongoing basis. “Migraine is not just a headache,” says Shirley, repeating a common theme shared by those who live with migraine on a regular basis. “It is a disease of the brain and causes serious neurological symptoms, not just head pain.” The Kessel’s together have helped raise over $70,000 from the Philadelphia Miles for Migraine walk/race since 2013.

More people have migraine in the United States than do asthma and diabetes combined. Many are debilitated from this disease and are unable to work and have a normal social life. Yet, funding for this disease is sorely lacking.

Miles for Migraine was founded in 2008 in Oakland, California, by Eileen Jones, RN, PHN, a long-time migraine patient herself, to raise public awareness about migraine and headache disorders and the need to fund research into the cause and treatment of this disease. Since that time, walk/runs held in Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Philadelphia have raised funds for  migraine research at the University of California, San Francisco Headache Center ($65,000), Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia ($24,000), Jefferson Hospital Research Center ($40,000), Thomas Jefferson University  and the University of Pennsylvania ($15,000), Loyola University ($25,000) and for the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA, $30,000). Miles for Migraine is a member of the AHDA.

(L-R) Three generations of migraine at the San Francisco Walk/Run on July 29, 2017: Executive director Shirley Kessel, her mother, Nancy Steinman, and children Sydney Kessel and Julia Kessel.

Miles for Migraine now features youth camps for kids and teens impacted by migraine or other headache disorders, and an education day each year on topics such as coping strategies, advocacy, stigma, research, and medical advancements. Shirley Kessel has served on various non profit boards for the past 20 years and was raising funds for Miles for Migraine for several years before being named executive director January 1, 2017.

Three finishers at last year’s Miles for Migraine event at Wissahickon Park in Philadelphia.

Runners get set to begin last year’s Miles for Migraine event at Wissahickon Park in Philadelphia.

Those interested in participating in a virtual race or in starting a new one should call Shirley Kessel at 484.534.8786 or email her at [email protected] William B. Young, MD, a board member, Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy president, and Jefferson University physician, has studied the social stigma of those with migraine and found it is worse for these individuals than those with epilepsy. He encourages those with migraine to get medical help for this disease and to seek out available information and resources.

Register today for this fun event for the whole family, the fifth annual Miles for Migraine walk/race.  Please visit www.milesformigraine.org, contact Shirley Kessel at [email protected] or call 484.534.8786 to learn more or for more information about the Miles for Migraine walk/run.

Miles for Migraine, founded in 2008, is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission of improving the lives of migraine patients and their families, raising public awareness about headache disorders, and helping find a cure for migraine. Learn more by calling executive director Shirley Kessel at 484.534.8786 or by emailing her at [email protected] Visit www.milesformigraine.org, “like” Miles for Migraine on Facebook, and follow Miles for Migraine on Twitter.


October 7, 2017
8:30 am - 11:00 am




Wissahickon Park
Forbidden Drive at Valley Green at 120 Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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