The idea for The Race was originated in 2003 by Josh Berns, then 12 years old, and Danielle Berns, then 10 years old. Josh and Danielle began Kids for the Cure, now known as The Race, as a way to harness young people to actively fight to eradicate breast cancer.
The Race is a family event, where children can learn that they can make a difference by raising both money for research and awareness about the disease. Everyone knows someone whose life has been affected by breast cancer, and Josh and Danielle’s ideas for The Race fueled their passion to help others who may benefit from early detection and the research advances that are being used to save and prolong lives. If one life is saved due to early detection, then the goal has been achieved. There are many opportunities to get involved. Encourage others to participate. We can all make a difference! 100% of the monies raised will be donated to the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute for breast cancer research.
The Race has honored some very special people in the past, as they bravely battled breast cancer. In 2008, hundreds of current and former students of Solon Middle School came out in support of teacher Barb Rooney, who had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Last year's honorary co-chair was Amy Green, who was battling Stage IV breast cancer. Amy is no stranger to cancer, as she has been a photographer for Flashes of Hope, an organization which creates portraits of children with cancer, for a number of years.