Superheroes are uniting to support the local nonprofit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada for one of its largest fundraisers. The Superhero 5K with Chet Buchanan is Saturday, Sept. 10 at Exploration Peak Park in the Mountain’s Edge Master Planned Community.
Proceeds from the superhero-themed 5K and one-mile walk allow Candlelighters to provide children with cancer and their families needed help through a variety of emotional assistance, quality of life and financial support programs. There are several ways to participate. Invite family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to form a team and fundraise; challenge yourself along with several thousand other participants for the 5K race or one-mile walk; or come and cheer on all the racers, walkers and cancer survivors.
In keeping with the event theme, attendees ‒ and well-behaved leashed pets ‒ are encouraged to dress up as superheroes, reflective of the courage kids with cancer exhibit every day. Other activities will include a kids area with a bounce house and games, bone marrow drive hosted by Be The Match, awards ceremony for timed runners, food, refreshments and raffle prizes. Attendees also can enjoy the amenities at Exploration Peak Park, including picnic areas, playgrounds, water play area, walking trails, replicas of a western town and Indian village, archaeology dig site, and more.
Key registration dates are:
– Online: Teams can register at www.candlelightersnv.org by 5 p.m. on Sept. 7. Individual online registration ends at 5 p.m. on Sept. 9.
– In Person: At the Candlelighters office by Sept. 7 during Packet Pick-Up from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. or on race day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
– By Mail: Postmarked by Sept. 1 to Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada, 8990 Spanish Ridge Ave., Ste. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89148
Participants will have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes based on fundraising levels. In addition, school, family and organization teams that raise more than $5,000 will be invited to the VIP area – new this year – featuring shaded areas with seating, breakfast and more.
Event day registration begins at 6:30 a.m.; the race starts at 8 a.m. with the walk at 8:15 a.m., and festivities until 11 a.m.
The Superhero 5K with Chet Buchanan is sponsored by Centennial Toyota, Mountain’s Edge Master Planned Community and The Revolution FMO. It is part of Candlelighters’ observance of September’s designation as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the shineGOLD community awareness campaign where the public is encouraged to wear gold, change lightbulbs to gold/yellow, exhibit gold at work or school, and use the @shineGOLD or @showyourgold hashtags and challenge others to participate.
Visit www.candlelighersnv.org or call (702) 737-1919 for more information, registration, and volunteer and participation opportunities.
About Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada is the first and oldest nonprofit organization in Nevada serving children, from birth to 21 years old, and families coping with childhood cancer. Its mission is to provide emotional support, quality of life programs, and financial assistance for children and their families affected by childhood cancer. Since its establishment 37 years ago, Candlelighters has helped thousands of families, and now serves 200 families each month and as many as 600 children (diagnosed child and sibling combined) per year. For information, visit www.candlelightersnv.org.
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