What better way to honor Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month than by participating in a fundraiser for the most lethal form, brain cancer?
Now in its sixth year, the annual RunTough for ChadTough 5K and 1M Fun Run will take place Saturday, September 28th at Saline High School. This family friendly event brings together runners and volunteers, both locally and across the country, to raise money for pediatric brain cancer in honor of Chad Carr, who at the age of 5 lost his battle to an inoperable brain tumor.
It was just five weeks after Chad Carr was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG) in 2014, when the community of Saline rallied together in a magnificent show of support for the Carr family with the first RunTough. In just a few short weeks the event brought out nearly 500 participants and raised $15,000.
“Seeing so many people out there come together for this cause was a physical way for us to see how Chad’s legacy is raising awareness and changing the world,” said Tammi Carr.
Chad’s story did indeed raise awareness across the country. As the Carr family struggled to face the realization that at the time of Chad’s diagnosis there was very little funding going towards the research of brain cancer in children, they wanted to give hope to other DIPG families in the future. After Chad lost his fight, just 14 months after being diagnosed, Tammi and Jason Carr formed the Chad Tough Foundation with a mission to inspire and fund game-changing research to discover effective treatments for pediatric brain cancer.
The RunTough event has now become one of the Foundation’s primary fundraisers and has grown significantly. This year the event is expected to have nearly 10,000 participants and generate more than $1 million to fund pediatric cancer research.
While runners can still join the Carr family in Saline, the race has also expanded to Sylvania, OH and Allendale, MI in honor of ChadTough Family Partner children, Colt DelVerne and Tommy Ruddy, who also lost their battle to DIPG. Virtual runners from across the United States are encouraged to join. Just sign up, we'll send you a shirt and a bib, and you run/walk anywhere at any time (even if just in your mind).
RunTough in Saline will kick off at 8:30am with an opening ceremony. The 5K and Fun Run will start at 9am, followed by celebrity photo opportunities with Hall of Fame Coach Lloyd Carr (Chad’s grandfather), Former Tiger All Star Brandon Inge, HGTV’s Nicole Curtis and UM Baseball’s Erik Bakich.
Registration is now open at ChadTough.org/RunTough. Participants are encouraged to sign up before September 6th to guarantee a race shirt and get a lower registration fee.