American Brain Tumor Association Hosts 2017 BT5K Event in Chicago

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American Brain Tumor Association

Since 2009, Ben Ripstein has served as president of Midwest Motors, Inc., a dealer of late-model, luxury vehicles in the Chicago area. Along with his passion for automobiles, Ben Ripstein advocates for medical research as a supporter of the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA).

The first organization of its kind, the ABTA has supported education, research, and outreach for more than 40 years. In this effort, the association continually strives to find innovative ways to fundraise and generate new resources for medical professionals and their patients. One leading campaign is the ABTA Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Run & Walk.

A nationwide event, the Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Run & Walk, also known as the BT5K, occurs annually in select cities. The 2017 BT5K in Chicago will start at 9 a.m. on April 23, 2017, at the Soldier Field Stadium Green. Participants will have the opportunity to create or join a team and work toward the community goal of raising $910,000 for brain tumor research.


American Brain Tumor Association – BTK5 Event in Chicago


Childhood Cancer STAR Act Passed by U.S. House of Representatives

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Childhood Cancer STAR Act

As owner of Midwest Motors, Inc., Ben Ripstein is responsible for purchasing cars and overseeing all business obligations. Aside from owning a business, Ben Ripstein is involved in nonprofit organizations such as the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA).

According to the ABTA, almost 16,000 children between birth and age 19 receive a cancer diagnosis each year. Despite being rare, brain tumors are the most diagnosed form of solid tumors in children who are younger than 15 years of age. Childhood brain tumors develop and behave differently than brain tumors in adults, which makes research on behalf of stricken children and young people critical. The Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in December 2016, will further research into pediatric cancers and brain tumors.

The STAR Act aims to improve the quality of life and chances of survival of children who are living with cancer, improve communication among providers so they can better provide for patients, and develop new models of care for childhood cancer survivors.

Team Breakthrough Fundraiser for American Brain Tumor Association

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Team Breakthrough

Ben Ripstein is an accomplished businessman and president of Midwest Motors, Inc. Aside from his work with Midwest Motors, where he oversees all daily tasks and purchases, Ben Ripstein also supports the American Brain Tumor Association.

The American Brain Tumor Association is a national organization with over forty years of dedication to funding research and assisting those with brain tumors. The organization hosts a variety of fundraisers and events to help with this goal, and as a national association, many volunteer options are available to anyone who wishes to become involved. One such option is a fundraising event called “Team Breakthrough.”

A marathon training and racing event, “Team Breakthrough” allows participants to create a team to train for their choice of endurance events nationwide. “Team Breakthrough” is a fundraising challenge, and so the team must raise a minimum of $1000 during their training and before their participation in the run. The money goes toward a fundraising goal that changes from year to year, but is usually around $50,000, and supports research and awareness for brain tumors. The runners receive a t-shirt signaling their achievement and support for the cause.

Volunteer Opportunities with the American Brain Tumor Association

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American Brain Tumor Association

Ben Ripstein is the president of Midwest Motors Inc, where he oversees all of the company’s daily activities. In his off time, Ben Ripstein supports the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA). One way to show your support for the ABTA is to volunteer for the organization.

There are a few different ways for people to volunteer with the ABTA. Volunteers often help out with events, providing help with set-up, clean up, and other activities to help the event run smoothly. For example, the organization regularly requires volunteers for their Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5k Run and Walks. For these events, volunteers receive training and guidance from ABTA staff.

Volunteers hoping to take on a larger role can organize their own events for the ABTA. The organization welcomes everything from small activities to large events for their ability to raise funds and awareness.

Lastly, the ABTA often needs volunteers to help educate the public on brain tumors and the ABTA. Sometimes volunteers meet with cancer patients and their families to educate them on the organization’s resources. The ABTA also has volunteers distribute pamphlets and booklets to libraries, doctors’ offices, clinics, and hospitals.

To learn more about the American Brain Tumor Association and how you can get involved, visit

Supporting Special Olympics in Illinois with the October Pumpkin Pedal

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October Pumpkin Pedal

Turning his passion into a career, Ben Ripstein established Midwest Motors, Inc., in 2009, and he continues to expand his inventory of luxury pre-owned vehicles. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of business headquarters in Lake Zurich, Ben Ripstein regularly finds time to support community causes such as the Special Olympics’ Illinois chapter.

As part of the global Special Olympics organization, the Illinois chapter is dedicated to providing individuals with intellectual disabilities a supportive community of peers. Now involving more than 21,000 athletes throughout the state, Special Olympics Illinois relies on the continued philanthropy of more than 40,000 volunteers and supporters to provide sports and training programs. To proactively promote a culture of tolerance and physical fitness, Special Olympics Illinois is inviting participants throughout the Chicagoland area to join the Pumpkin Pedal at Leroy Oakes County Forest Preserve on October 5, 2014. The event features 10-, 20-, and 28-mile routes on the Great Western Trail, as well as 45- and 65-mile road rides for serious bikers.

The $30 registration fee includes rest stops and emergency mechanical support, and participants will be treated to a post-ride meal with vegetarian options available. The proceeds will fund year-round training programs for Illinois athletes with intellectual disabilities. For registration information, visit