Despite the challenges of the pandemic, more than 740 community superheroes joined the nonprofit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada for its annual 5K Superhero. Usually held in person, this year’s virtual run raised $ 210,000 to help children with cancer and their families.
Now in its 30th year, the event has grown into the largest fundraiser for the Candlelighters. The warm-up and opening ceremonies were held virtually via Facebook Live, and participants walked or jogged in their neighborhood, in the local park, or on one of the many designated inspirational routes while practicing social distancing. To continue the festive spirit of Superhero 5K, festive finish lines were available at several locations for participants to take photos and commemorate their participation.
This year, awards were given to the top fundraising teams in three categories. Team Joy, who raised $ 15,325, won in the Family and Friends category. FTO Las Vegas raised $ 2,681 to receive the award in the Corporate category, while Konrad Broock won in the Individual category with $ 6,602 raised.
The event was made possible by major Superhero 5K sponsors, Centennial Toyota on behalf of Southern Nevada Toyota Dealers and Dollar Loan Center. Other sponsors included: Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, Blue Apple Electric, Optum Care, Lerner & Rowe Gives Back, Palm Mortuaries & Cemeteries, Las Vegas Raiders, Hey Frank, Southwest Gas Foundation Fuel Good and Law Firm of Jeffrey Burr.
“We are so grateful for the support of our incredible sponsors, runners, volunteers and supporters who have all contributed to the success of Superhero 5K. We couldn’t have done it without them, ”said Kimberly Kindig, CEO of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. “Their efforts are really helping us make a difference in the lives of children and families with cancer. “
The Superhero 5K raises much-needed funds for Candlelighters, which provides financial assistance for medical and prescription costs, mortgage / rent, utilities, local transportation and travel for treatment, scholarships and funerals; advice; and other programs to boost the morale of patients and their families.
About Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada is Nevada’s first and oldest nonprofit serving children, ages newborn to 21, and families living with childhood cancer. Its mission is to provide emotional support, quality of life programs and financial assistance to children and their families affected by childhood cancer. Since its inception over 40 years ago, Candlelighters has helped thousands of families and now serves 125 families each month and up to 1,000 children (diagnosed child and siblings combined) per year. For more information, visit www.candlelightersnv.org.