First Alana

November 14, 2008

By hammersmith

[Source: TGen] – The first Alana’s Champs 5K, a run and walk to benefit brain cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), is set for Dec. 6 at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza.

The event is named for Alana Lysholm-Bernacchi, a TGen neurogenomics researcher who studied hearing loss, Down syndrome and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She died as the result of a brain tumor on Dec. 3, 2007.

Alana’s Champs 5K is coordinated by the TGen Foundation, Arizona Road Racers and by Brett Bernacchi, a TGen volunteer and the husband of Alana.
If you go

Where: Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, just east of the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix.

When: Dec. 6. Event-day registration starts at 7 a.m.; the 5-kilometer run starts at 8 a.m.; the 5K walk at 8:10 a.m.; and the 1-mile run/walk at 8:45 a.m., followed by a kids dash and raffle.
Participation Fees:– Ages 13 and up: $20 if pre-registered by Nov. 16; $25 from Nov. 16-Dec. 5; and $30 on Dec. 6.– Ages 5-12: $5 if pre-registered by Nov. 16; $10 from Nov. 15-Dec. 6.– Children ages 4 and younger are free.

Details: Please visit the TGen Foundation at or call Erin Massey, assistant director of development, at 602-343-8470.