Have you heard? We expect a massive crowd running around Downtown Wilmington this Saturday... The best part? They'll be IN their skivvies!
"Why?," you ask. Because Cupid's Undie Run, a unique fundraiser for neurofibromatosis, is making its Wilmington debut on February 16th, as Cupid's Undie Runs celebrates its 10-year anniversary. The event is being held at The Queen from 11:30am-4pm (music from 11:30am-2pm and 2:30-3:30pm). The actual "fun run" will be from 2-2:30pm down Market Street from 5th to 10th street and then back to The Queen.
What is Cupid's Undie Run?
In 2010, a group of do-gooders, led by co-founders Brendan Hanrahan, Chad Leathers and Bobby Gill, dropped their pants and ran through the D.C. cold to raise money for research to help end neurofibromatosis (NF), a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. They ran in their undies because those affected with NF can’t cover up their tumors, so they decided to strip down in solidarity.
Since 2010, Cupid’s Charity was created and became a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to end NF by funding much needed research. They have raised over $16,900,000 to date, with 100% of net proceeds funding research through their partner the Children’s Tumor Foundation, the world’s leader in NF research.
Why They Run
One of their founders, Chad Leathers, and his family, are just one of the INspirations behind Cupid’s Undie Run. Chad’s brother, Drew, was diagnosed with NF at the age of 16. He had his entire life ahead of him and no real concept of how this new diagnosis would change his life completely. In 2009, Drew became paralyzed because of the tumors encroaching on his spine.
He spent 183 days in the hospital in a single year, “changing the channels with a straw.” Life at this point was beyond difficult, but despite the hardship, Drew and his family never gave up.
Chad recalls that his mother was always “pushing to be a part of the solution.” A common saying for her was, “can’t never could.” Drew’s “can’t never could” stubbornness and determination to move beyond the hospital bed is what allowed him to stand on his own two feet to accept the Children’s Tumor Foundation Ambassador Award in 2012.
Sadly, Drew passed away in 2017. But the running and fight for a cure continues IN his honor!
A local family, the Moulsdales, have received tremendous support from the Children's Tumor Foundation in the years that followed their daughter's diagnosis. They wanted a way to get their community INvolved in this fantastic program.