Grand Canyon University Announces Spring Edition of the Run to Fight Childrens Cancer

January 27, 2012


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                                 $30,000 Raised for Children's Cancer Network in October's Inaugural Run  

PHOENIX (Jan. 27, 2012) - Grand Canyon University is hosting a spring edition of its successful Run to Fight Children's Cancer, presented by Pono Construction and benefiting Arizona nonprofit, Children's Cancer Network. The run will take place from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 10, beginning at Grand Canyon University's new 5,000-seat arena at 3300 W. Camelback Road in Phoenix.

Participants in the 5K, 10K and Cancer Survivors' Walk will receive an official race t-shirt and goodie bag, with the first 500 to register also receiving an aluminum water bottle. Survivors will receive a special gift. Family-friendly activities will include jump houses, face painting, balloon animals, arts and crafts, a photo booth and appearances by mascots of Arizona's professional sports teams. Chip timing by Raceplace Events.

"Our inaugural run last fall raised more than $30,000 for the Children's Cancer Network and the money was immediately put to good use," said Jose Moreno, GCU's community outreach manager. "Childhood cancer has impacted even more Arizona families since our first race and more than two-thirds of our participants asked us to host another run because they are so passionate about the cause. Cancer never stops, so why should we?"

Every year, 12,500 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States, making it the leading cause of death in children from illnesses. The inaugural Run to Fight Children's Cancer helped Children's Cancer Network provide:

  • $10,000 in food and gas cards for Arizona families dealing with childhood cancer
  • $5,000 in beds and linens for families (through a partnership with Sleep America)
  • The 2012 launch of "It's All About You," a health and wellness program for children, siblings and parents dealing with childhood cancer
  • A video library of resources for children and families dealing with childhood cancer
  • Sponsorship of the Bi-Annual Children's Cancer Network Survivorship Conference in September

"The proceeds from the fall run made a substantial impact in the fight against childhood cancer," said Patti Luttrell, Children's Cancer Network founder and mother to a six-time cancer survivor.  "We regularly deliver $25,000 to $30,000 in food and gas cards in an entire year. GCU's donation allowed us to substantially increase that amount and gave us the opportunity to create educational programs we have been dreaming about for years."

The honorary race starter will be six-year-old Grace Kostyk, a spirited kindergartner who was diagnosed with leukemia in September 2011 and is currently being treated at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Registration fees through March 2 are $20 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K. The Cancer Survivors' Walk is free and family and friends of survivors are encouraged to participate.

For more information on the Run to Fight Children's Cancer: Spring Edition, to register or to check out volunteer opportunities, visit

About Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona's premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited and emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students and the working professional in seven colleges: the Ken Blanchard College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Nursing, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Christian Studies, the College of Fine Arts and Production, and the College of Doctoral Studies. GCU offers traditional programs on its growing campus, as well as online bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs.  The University's curriculum fuses academic and clinical rigor with Christian values to prepare its students to be skilled, caring professionals. For more information about GCU, visit

About Children's Cancer Network

Children's Cancer Network provides financial, educational and psychosocial support to children and families dealing with childhood cancer.  Children's Cancer Network also strives to increase awareness of pediatric cancer research and the need to find a cure for cancer.  For more information about Children's Cancer Network visit    


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