Building Group's Orlando Runners Raise $23,000 for Medical Research During Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
February 16, 2011

A group of Building Group employees in Orlando recently joined the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute’s Team Sanford-Burnham for the fourth consecutive year to compete in the grueling Walt Disney World full and half marathons. The purpose for participating was to raise awareness and funds in support of basic medical research. The Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, a Building Group client, is a 30-year-old independent, non-profit institute dedicated to revealing the fundamental molecular causes of disease and devising the innovative therapies of tomorrow. Building Group participants collectively ran a total of 117.9 miles during the two-day event held last month.

The 50-member Team Sanford-Burnham included scientists, individuals whose lives have been touched by disease, and a host of supporters, all sharing the same passion — to improve the lives of others by developing new disease therapies. The Building Group's participants alone raised $23,000 which will be used to support Burnham’s research in the areas of cancer, neurodegeneration, diabetes and heart disease, as well as infectious, inflammatory, and childhood diseases.

The half-marathon route took runners from EPCOT to Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park and back, while the full marathon also passed through the Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Building Group half-marathoners included Chris Sadowski and his wife; Jake Glass; Katie Estes; and Kelly McCandless. “Half-marathoner” Chris Sadowski ran the full marathon (26.2 miles) the following day. Sadowski finished first among all 50 Team Sanford-Burnham runners!