Run to fight children's cancer

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Grand Canyon University is holding its annual Run to Fight Children's Cancer event for the third year in a row. The event raises awareness and money to help the fight against childhood cancer. The event raised $70,000 in its first two years, and this year the run is expected to draw 4,000 people and raise over $100,000.

The run will be held from 6 a.m.  to 11 a.m.  on March 9 on the Grand Canyon University campus at 3300 W. Camelback Road in Phoenix. The event features a 10k run, a 5k run/walk and a quarter-mile Cancer Survivors' Walk.  One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the Children's Cancer Network and Phoenix Children's Hospital. 

"Our goal with this event has remained the same from its very inception -- to heighten awareness for childhood cancer and raise money that will help fund research, patient care, and programs that provide financial and emotional support to local families dealing with childhood cancer, " said Jose Moreno, GCU community outreach manager.

Each year, GCU selects a childhood cancer survivor to serve as the Honorary Race Starter and sound the starting horn. This year's race starter is Cooper Gokee, 9, of Maricopa, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in last March.