Mission & History

Our Mission

Founded by Grand Canyon University Foundation, Run to Fight Children’s Cancer stands as the largest race in Arizona dedicated solely to pediatric cancer. The mission of Run to Fight is to increase childhood cancer awareness and provide support to the many families and children affected by the disease.

Our History

In October 2011, Grand Canyon University Foundation held the inaugural Run to Fight Children’s Cancer, to raise awareness and to aid in the fight against pediatric cancer. The race featured a 10K run, a 5K run/walk and a quarter-mile Cancer Survivors Walk, making this race the first of its kind. More than 1,500 runners and spectators attended the event, which raised $30,000 for Children’s Cancer Network, a local nonprofit that provides financial, educational and psychosocial support to children and families dealing with cancer.

The first run was so successful that Grand Canyon University Foundation held a Spring Edition run in March 2012, doubling attendance to more than 3,000 runners and spectators and raising an additional $40,000 for the nonprofit.

Each year, Run to Fight Children’s Cancer has grown, with the support of runners, sponsors, volunteers, and our very special Cancer-Fighting Superheroes. Phoenix Children’s Hospital has joined our efforts and now also benefits from race proceeds. To date, Grand Canyon University Foundation has raised more than $450,000 to help children and families dealing with this terrible disease.

Grand Canyon University Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is committed to holding this event annually and making a positive impact in the community. In addition to registering to run or walk, participants are encouraged to engage in fundraising opportunities to help us run cancer right out of town!