Circle of Friends Sixth Annual Run for the Rainbow June 17

May 12, 2008

Circle of Friends will host its Sixth Annual Run for the Rainbow 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run Tuesday, June 17 at New Albany Market Square. Proceeds from Run for the Rainbow benefit pediatric cancer research at The Research Institute at Nationwide Childrens Hospital. Over the past 15 years, Circle of Friends has raised nearly $1.5 million for the fight against cancer.

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. with races beginning at 6:40 p.m. Registration fees are $15 for the Kids Fun Run and $25 for the 5K Run/Walk. After June 10, registration is $20 and $30 respectively.

To register for the 2008 Run for the Rainbow, visit or contact Rachel Whisner, Nationwide Childrens Hospital Foundation, (614) 355-0888 or

Circle of Friends
In 1994, a small group of friends gathered for a summer party in the New Albany home of Tom and Susie Puleri. A fishbowl placed on the table for donations had collected $300 by nights end, which marked the beginning of what would become Circle of Friends. The gathering began as a grassroots celebration of the Puleris niece, Angela Weber, and her remission from childhood leukemia. It took on a new meaning in 1998 when Webers 6-year-old friend, Aaron Kraut, lost his nearly five-year battle with the same disease. Over the past 15 years, Circle of Friends has raised nearly $1.5 million with 100 percent of the proceeds designated exclusively to cancer research. For more information, visit or

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at