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!