More than $196,000 was raised for kids with cancer by more than 2,000 “superheroes” at the annual Candlelighters Shine for a Superhero 5K and 1 Mile Race with Chet Buchanan. Benefitting the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada, the event was Saturday, Sept. 13 at Exploration Park in the Mountain’s Edge master planned community.
Race and walk participants – many dressed as superheroes – comprised the 82 teams that took part in the event, 41 of which were formed by families of a child who has received help from the Candlelighters Foundation.
The top five runners in the 5K are:
- Ryan Taylor 00:19:18
- Andrew Lanfear 00:19:44
- CP Reyes 00:19:55
- Madelyn Doerr 00:20:02
- Nathan McIntosh 00:20:09
A complete list of winners is here: http://results.chronotrack.com/event/results/event/event-10385
“This year’s race was our first themed race, stemming from our belief that children with cancer are the real superheroes, who show all of us what true strength and courage looks like. It was a great success,” said Kelly Webb, development coordinator for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation. “We’ll definitely continue with the superhero theme and are excited to begin planning for our 25th annual race in 2015. We continue to be blown away by the generosity of the community, helping us raise more funds than ever before. The money we raised will help many families as they go through difficult trials.”
The Candlelighters Shine for a Superhero 5K helps raise critically needed funds to support those affected by childhood cancer and educate the public regarding the impact cancer has on the many children and families in the community.
In 2013, Candlelighters served 526 families through family programs, to help improve quality of life. Programs include summer camp, individual therapy, child life hospital sessions, group therapy, art therapy, No More Chemo parties, Adopt a Family holiday program, Thanksgiving program, 12 Days of Cheer and Day of Remembrance.
Along with emotional assistance, Candlelighters provided more than $155,000 in financial assistance, including medical co-pay assistance, prescription co-pay assistance, mortgage/rental assistance, utility assistance, local transportation, travel for treatment, scholarships and funerals, to more than 225 families facing childhood cancer.
Sponsors for the Shine for a Superhero event included 8 News Now, Centennial Toyota and Mountain’s Edge.
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