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Waves of Gray 5K to raise money for brain cancer research happening May 13 in Jacksonville Beach

Waves of Gray 5K in Jacksonville Beach

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — The Waves of Gray 5K is taking place in Jacksonville Beach on Saturday, May 13.

The walk will kick off from a new location this year, the Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion.


The mission of the walk is to raise awareness of brain cancer and tumors, as well as funds for research.

Registration is $30 from now through May 11, 2023 and includes a free event t-shirt. Registration on the day of the walk is $35.

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Waves of Gray said 100% of the funds raised go to the Waves of Gray Neuro-Oncology Endowment, which supports research programs at Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center in Jacksonville.

The walk was created in memory of Fred K. Fenton, who lost his battle with glioblastoma in 2016.

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According to MD Anderson Cancer Center, glioblastoma, which has also claimed the lives of Senators Ted Kennedy and John McCain, is the most common cancer that starts in the brain.

The 2022 5K had about 703 participants, the walk’s organizer Dianne Fenton Waters told Action News Jax. Waters said initial estimates showed that last year’s walk raised around $55,000, and then she said Baptist Foundation matches 100%.

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