Children’s Tumor Foundation Launches I Know a Fighter 5K Tour

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Cross-country tour draws attention to the 125,000 people in the U.S. living with NF, who are fighters in every sense of the word

The family-friendly I Know a Fighter 5K tour will take place in 10 cities across the United States.

The I Know a Fighter 5K aims to raise awareness of this under-recognized disease, and to raise critical funds needed to bring NF research over the finish line for a cure.

The temperatures outside may still be in the single digits, but the Children’s Tumor Foundation is looking forward to warmer days ahead, with the announcement of an exciting new 5K race tour called the “I Know a Fighter 5K” to raise awareness and funds for the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis, or NF, which causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. The I Know a Fighter 5Ks will take place in 10 cities across the United States starting this spring. This family-friend event will include a 5K (3.1 mile) race and a finish line festival.

The dates and cities for the I Know a Fighter 5K are:

April 15    New York, NY                  
April 21    Boston, MA            
April 28    Philadelphia, PA         
May 6    Atlanta, GA
May 19    Fort Worth, TX
May 26    Little Rock, AR    
June 2    Chicago, IL         
June 9    Denver, CO
June 16    San Francisco, CA
October 20    Los Angeles, CA

The Foundation’s “I Know a Fighter” initiative draws attention to the inspirational stories of those living with neurofibromatosis, also known as NF, who are fighters in every sense of the word. NF affects 1 in 3,000 people of all births, meaning that over 2.5 million people worldwide life with NF. All populations, races, ethnicities and genders are equally affected. NF can cause blindness, deafness, bone abnormalities, disfigurement, learning disabilities, disabling pain, and cancer. There is no cure yet, but promising clinical trials are in progress.

The I Know a Fighter 5K aims to raise awareness of this under-recognized disease, and to raise critical funds needed to bring NF research over the finish line for a cure. The I Know a Fighter initiative was first launched in 2015 during NF Awareness Month, which is observed every year in May, and expands this year to the running community, encouraging participation of all ages and experience levels. Each 5K event concludes with a family-friendly festival, with food, games and other fun activities in keeping with the I Know a Fighter theme.

For more information about the I Know a Fighter 5K tour and to register, please visit http://www.ctf.org/ikaf5k.

For additional information about the Children’s Tumor Foundation and neurofibromatosis, please visit http://www.ctf.org.

ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S TUMOR FOUNDATION:
The Children’s Tumor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding and driving innovative research that will result in effective treatments for the millions of people worldwide living with neurofibromatosis (NF), a term for three distinct disorders: NF1, NF2, and schwannomatosis. NF causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and may lead to blindness, deafness, bone abnormalities, disfigurement, learning disabilities, disabling pain, and cancer. NF affects 1 in every 3,000 births across all populations equally. There is no cure yet – but the Children’s Tumor Foundation mission of driving research, expanding knowledge, and advancing care for the NF community fosters our vision of one day ending NF. For more information, please visit http://www.ctf.org.

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