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Don’t miss this incredible community event for a great cause taking place this Saturday, October 1, at 8:30am! ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation is hosting its annual RunTough 5K and 1M Fun Run, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, at Saline High School. A portion of Campus Parkway and Community Drive will be closed from 8:30am - 10:30am.

This community event brings together families and volunteers, both locally and across the world, to raise money for pediatric brain cancer research in honor of Saline resident Chad Carr, who lost his life to this horrible disease at the age of 5 in 2015. The race is held each fall to celebrate Chad’s September 26th birthday. He should have turned 12 this year.

“Seeing so many people in our community come together for this cause, especially at this time, is a physical way for us to see how Chad’s legacy is raising awareness and changing the world,” said Tammi Carr.

This year’s local event will feature a variety of ways for the whole family to have a ton of fun, all while making a difference in the fight against pediatric brain cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in kids. Come early to enjoy the live DJ, meet Saline mascot “Sting,” and let the kids get their hair decked out for the event by Jeffrey McLaughlin and his crew from Renew Salon & Spa.

The race will begin upon the pulling of the fire truck horn, conducted this year by 3-year-old Elowyn Pollard of Harrison Township, who was diagnosed with DIPG in July. Runners/walkers will be cheered on along the route by athletes from both the University of Michigan and Saline High School. Upon finishing the race, participants will receive a medal and have the chance to get a snack and enjoy the Family Fun Zone, sponsored by Meijer, which will include a dunk tank (featuring CJ Carr, Joe Welton, and other members of Saline football), an obstacle course, face painting, wiffle ball with EMU baseball, and other surprises. New this year — the foundation will introduce a TOT RACE, which will be held in the Family Fun Zone around 10am. And don’t forget, kids 5 & under are FREE!

If you can’t make it in person, you can still help us battle pediatric brain cancer! Make a donation to Chad’s Birthday fundraiser at and help give hope to families in the fight.

ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation is the world leader in DIPG research funding, providing over $20 million to 48 researchers across 31 different institutions around the world since inception in 2015. It is headquartered in Saline, Michigan, the town that gave birth to the foundation. Powered by families who have had to face a pediatric brain cancer diagnosis, including the families of Chad Carr and Michael Mosier (the founding families) as well as over 30 Family Partners, the foundation will not stop until DIPG is no longer a death sentence. One day, DIPG will have a cure. Join us so that one day can become today!

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