The Cure It Foundation proudly supports the Survivor 5k Training Program held at Advocate Children’s Hospital. This innovative program is designed to encourage survivors of childhood cancer as they embark on a 9-week training session, empowering them to compete in and complete a 5k run. A true accomplishment!
The training program was started in 2008 to inspire adolescents and young adults to be active and choose health, as they work endlessly to navigate their future as a childhood cancer survivor. Nearly 80% of children diagnosed with cancer will be able to say, “I am a survivor”; however, 2/3 of them will face long-term side effects due to their life-saving therapies.
The program pairs many fighters of childhood cancer and a ‘buddy’ (parent, sibling, significant other, friend) with a running mentor, experienced in training for all levels of competitive running. The team works together during the 9 weeks prior to the Ronald McDonald 5k run (Oak Lawn, IL) towards the lofty goal of completing the race – running, walk-running, or walking. All participants will receive a new pair of running shoes, a pair of wicking socks, a water bottle, a t-shirt for race day, entry fee for the 2016 5k run, and the tools to assure they can reach their goal.