Mission & History

Our Mission

Run to Fight Children’s Cancer is the largest race in Arizona dedicated solely to pediatric cancer. Now in its eighth year, the race unites the community in building awareness of childhood cancer and raising much-needed funds for research, treatments, patient education and a host of support services for families battling the disease. All proceeds from the race stay in our community and benefit Arizona children fighting cancer.

Our History

Grand Canyon University Foundation hosted the inaugural Run to Fight Children’s Cancer – with its 10K run, 5K run/walk and quarter-mile Children’s Survivors Walk – in 2011. Since then, the race has become a signature event in Arizona, attracting thousands of participants and topping the half-million-dollar mark in funds raised for lifesaving treatments at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, along with financial, education and healthy living programs provided to families by Children’s Cancer Network.

In 2018, GCU Foundation passed the baton to Children’s Cancer Network, who assumed operations of the race with continued support from Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Grand Canyon University. Together with runners, sponsors, volunteers and our very own cancer-fighting superheroes, Run to Fight Children’s Cancer is a voice for young cancer survivors and a beacon of hope for families across the state.