Erin Cordry is a Co-Chair for the Run of Hope Seattle and the President of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund, a special interest research guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital. Additionally, Erin serves on the Board of Trustees for the Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association. Erin founded the PBTRF guild in 2005 in honor of her son Max Hanson, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 8 years old. Max had a high risk medulloblastoma and underwent major surgery to remove his tumor, followed by a year of treatment which included intense cranial/spinal radiation and chemotherapy, physical therapy, and occupational and speech therapy.
The protocol Max faced was created from the lab at Seattle Children’s hospital as an investigational study. Realizing that the odds were against him, Erin and her husband Eric were grateful for the opportunity that came from this new protocol and believe that is saved Max’s life. Max is now 16 and in high school. With this gratitude, they became passionate about helping more kids to survive. Erin has poured her heart and soul into making sure that funds can be available to the researchers at Seattle Children’s Hospital with the hope of saving the lives of all kids who are diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Mike Hirschler is a Co-Chair of the Run of Hope Seattle and the Director of Human Resources at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Mike has been with Four Seasons since 2005, and has always been actively involved in the Four Seasons Corporate Value of "Advancing Cancer Research". Previously with Four Seasons Hotel Boston and Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Mike has served on the race committees for the Run of Hope Boston (funding the Cancer Center at MassGeneral Hospital for Children) and the Run for Gus (funding pediatric brain tumor research at Children's Hospital of Chicago). It was a personal goal of his that Four Seasons Hotel Seattle establish a cancer research run within the first year of the hotel's operation.
In early 2009, his team reached out to the Guild Association at Seattle Children's Hospital in hopes of finding a partner fundraising organization to host the event - that partner was the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund. Mike takes great pride in the early success of the Run of Hope Seattle thanks to the tireless efforts of the all-volunteer Steering Committee comprised of passionate individuals from both Four Seasons Hotel Seattle and PBTRF.