Two-Mile Walk, 5K/10K Run to Fund Headache Disorder Research

September 10, 2015 | Download this press release as a PDF

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) Greater Philadelphia area walkers and runners are getting set for the second annual Miles for Migraine walk and run scheduled for Saturday, October 10 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Wissahickon Park. The two-mile walk and 5K/10K run raises funds to help increase public awareness about headache disorders and the need to fund headache disorder 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).


Registration for this event is now taking place and costs $45.00 with a $5.00 discount for those under 18. Participants may pick up their event packets at Philly Runner on Friday, October 9 from 11:00 a..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. All participants will receive a t-shirt and finishing medal. Donations may be made directly to the organization or in support of walkers and runners. Miles for Migraine is accepting event sponsors through September. Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Allergan are this year’s platinum sponsors.


Volunteers are needed to assist on race day and are asked to email event chair Shirley Kessel at, call her at 484.534.8786 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.


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 migraines on an ongoing basis. “Migraine is not just a headache,” says Shirley, repeating a mantra common to those who live with migraine on a regular basis. The Kessels together have helped raise over $55,000 between last year’s Miles for Migraine walk/race and a virtual one held the prior year.


Migraine is a serious neurological disorder than can have debilitating effects for those that suffer as well as their families and friends. More people suffer from migraine in the United States than do asthma and diabetes combined. 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 headache disorders and the need to fund research into the cause and treatment of this disease. Since that time, walk/runs held in California and Philadelphia have raised funds for migraine research at the University of California, San Francisco’s Headache Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Jefferson University Hospitals and for the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA). Miles for Migraine is a member of the AHDA and Eileen Jones is a member of the American Headache Society, the National Headache Foundation, Road Runners Club of America, and the American Headache and Migraine Association.


Bill Young, MD, Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy president, and Jefferson University physician, has been a big supporter of the young organization. He has studied the social stigma of those with migraine and found it is worse for these individuals than those with epilepsy. He encouraged 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 second annual Miles for Migraine walk/race. Please visit, contact Shirley Kessel at or call 484.534.8786 to learn more or for more information about the Miles for Migraine walk/run.


Miles for Migraine was founded in 2008 to support those with migraine headache disorders and to raise awareness of this disease. Learn more by calling founder Eileen Jones at 510.384.7403 or by emailing her at Visit, “like” Miles for Migraine on Facebook, and follow Miles for Migraine on Twitter here.






Photographs courtesy of Photo captions:

1) Joanna Kempner, PhD and Roderick Spears, MD cross the finish line at the 2014 Miles for Migraine event.

2) Event vice chair Sydney Kessel (left) and friends celebrate crossing the finish line at the first Miles for Migraine event held last year.





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