Hope Starts Here Challenge Gets Kickoff Boost

March 14, 2016

(MARQUETTE) The 2016 River Valley Bank Hope Starts Here Challenge is May 7th. Organizers gathered at Northern Michigan University last week to accept the $5,000 title sponsor check from River Valley. The annual event raises funds and awareness for the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center (UMBTC). The UMBTC is a collaborative effort between UP Health System, Northern Michigan University and the Superior Health Foundation. Its mission is to empower patients and families dealing with brain tumor through advocacy, research, education and treatment. The Hope Starts Here Challenge includes a half marathon, duathlon, 10K run, 5K run, and a leisure walk.  Event organizers and students shown above at the check presentation, from left, included: Dr. Rob Winn, NMU; Lea Dziesinski, River Valley; Christian Palomaki, River Valley; Chris Kyle, NMU; Erik Peterson, NMU; Amanda Wigand, NMU; Dr. Sonia Geschwindt, UPHS; Shane Kentala, UPHS; Dr. John Lawrence, NMU; Greg Lahti, UPHS; and Ivan Wiljanen, NMU.