Becky Runs to Eradicate Childhood Cancer
Childhood cancer, the second leading cause of death in children ages 1-19 years, exceeded only by accidents, has increased by 0.6% per year since 1975, when cancer registration began in the United States. An estimated 15,780 new cases are expected to occur in 2016 and 1,960 will die.
Becky Mudd is using her love of running to make a difference for the children who have been and who will be affected by pediatric cancers. Becky Mudd’s Run For Gold brings awareness and funding to the fight against pediatric cancer.
Running over a marathon each day, Becky plans to run over 460 miles over a 15 day period (May 28th – June 11th) in Utah to raise funds for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF). Starting in St. George, Utah and finishing at the Colorado border after touching five of the most famous and beautiful National Parks – Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyon Land, and Arches/Moab, she hopes to reach her goal of $20,000 in donations.
“Over the last 30 years there have been only two new drugs developed specifically for pediatric cancers and of the billions of tax dollars that our government allots to the National Cancer Institute, only 3.8 percent goes towards all 12 major children’s cancers and 200 subtypes”, says Becky. “Most funding for research comes from private fundraising from foundations such as PCRF. Last year PCRF raised $2.5 million research dollars. Their goal was $2.3 million. The foundation is based in Irvine and they are some of the most wonderful people I have ever known.”
Becky helped the cause of cancer research for children – specific treatments through PCRF last year by raising almost $9,000 during her 268 mile run across California. During that run, which was captured by media along the journey from Huntington Beach to the Arizona border, she met with families who had lost children to cancer and ran with additional devotion to her two sisters who had died of cancer.
Those wishing to support Becky are encouraged to visit her donation page.