TAMPA, Fla., April 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) today announced a national "virtual" program to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research. Walk/Run/Roll 43 encourages communities to get involved, be active and support the critical need for funds toward pediatric cancer research that saves children's lives – all while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
Walk/Run/Roll 43 supports the 43 children diagnosed with cancer daily by encouraging participants to walk, run or roll on their own on April 30 at 4:30 p.m. EST. Participants can register here to walk, run or roll for 4.3 minutes, 4.3 miles or 43 minutes and donate $43 to help fund a cure.
Donations of $43 or more will receive a t-shirt, an NPCF enamel pin and an entry for a chance to win prizes from proud partners, including Outback Steakhouse, Lokai, Kahwa Coffee and Mike Hess Brewing. Participants who tag the NPCF on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and use the #43challenge will be granted an extra entry/chance for prizes.
NPCF International Youth Chair Kathy Ireland expressed her support for the Walk/Run/Roll 43 challenge and for the frontline healthcare workers helping fight COVID-19. Ireland and the NPCF recognized caregivers at Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, New York and Children's Hospital Los Angeles for their hard work and presented healthcare workers with much-needed supplies such as Mike Hess Brewing hand sanitizer, Ben-Guard Healthcare Solutions masks and a few surprises including Lokai bracelets and Kahwa Coffee. These hospitals were selected for their ongoing efforts around pediatric cancer research.
"I encourage everyone to please join "Walk/Run/Roll 43" in support of the young children who depend on the life-saving work of NPCF," says Ms. Ireland. "Our first responders – true heroes in every sense of the word – are on the frontlines of our valiant battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in the need for them to implement these additional precautionary protocols in the care of the young children fighting childhood cancer. Each young person engaged in an individual war on cancer needs the support of our communities now more than ever before. Please join us on April 30 at 4:30 p.m. EST in honor of our heroes and make a personal commitment to our peaceful war for precious young lives who so critically need us during these challenging times. Sadly, we cannot forget that cancer is evil and expensive. Awareness and contributions are literal lifelines for pediatric cancer."
"We recognize that many people are struggling during this very difficult time," said pediatric oncologist Dr. Daniel Weiser, Children's Hospital at Montefiore. "But we do not want our research gains to be lost, or the 43 children who are diagnosed with cancer every day to be forgotten, so we are asking our communities to support the NPCF Walk/Run/Roll 43 in whatever way they can, from the comfort of their own homes."
About National Pediatric Cancer Foundation
The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer through the Sunshine Project, the Foundation's collaborative research initiative. By partnering with doctors and researchers from the country's top institutions, the Sunshine Project is fast-tracking the development of new drugs and therapies that will ultimately lead to the cure of childhood cancers. The NPCF has received a perfect 100% score for financial health and transparency and is recognized as the top-rated cancer charity in the U.S. by Charity Navigator. For more information, visit www.NationalPCF.org or connect via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
SOURCE National Pediatric Cancer Foundation