Brave Chandler girl named honorary starter for Run to Fight Children's Cancer race

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CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Galveston Elementary School second-grader, Mia Bryant, was diagnosed last May with medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer. Since that time, she has undergone 31 radiation treatments, weekly speech and occupational therapy, and chemo sessions so intense they require a four-day hospital stay. But Mia is alive, well, and fighting for herself and other local kids with cancer.

Mia has just been named the honorary race starter of Grand Canyon University Foundation's fifth annual Run to Fight Children's Cancer this Saturday, March 7. The race raises critical funds for research and for helping families just like the Bryant's.

"She likes to be in the spotlight," Mia's father said. "It gets her mind off of what's going on, and it gives back to the community."

Thousands of people run the race every year, and last year the race raised $100,000 to support families going through the struggles of children's cancer. This year, organizers hope to raise $150,000 for their beneficiaries Phoenix Children's Hospital and the Children's Cancer Network.

The race includes a 10K run, a 5K run or walk and the Survivors' Walk. All of the race registration fees go directly to The Children's Cancer Network and Phoenix Children's hospital. The event takes place at Grand Canyon University, and the first race begin at 7:00 a.m. The Run to Fight Children's Cancer experience also includes family entertainment and activities, from arts and crafts to bounce castles.

To register or for more information, visit gcuraceseries.com.

Run to Fight Children's Cancer
Saturday, March 7
Grand Canyon University