Hurtis family helps raise research funds
Nearly 80 teams comprised of pediatric cancer survivors, their families, recreational walkers and competitive runners joined the race against childhood cancer at "Time to Fly 2012" on June 30 in the Twin Cities.
Approximately $200,000 was raised by the 2,000 participants in the event. All proceeds from the event benefit Children's Cancer Research Fund. In total, more than $1 million has been raised during the 10-year history of the event.
Teams wore special T-shirts, buttons or held signs to honor those affected by cancer.
One such team was the Fighting Tigers honoring 12-year-old New Richmond resident Croix Hurtis, who was diagnosed with Burkitt's Leukemia on Christmas night of 2011.
Since then, Hurtis has undergone three maintenance rounds of chemotherapy. Currently, he is doing all he can to prepare himself for "Time to Fly."
Naming their team in honor of Croix's school mascot, his family states that "Tigers fight cancer." For more information on Croix and his journey, visit http://www.caringbridge.org /visit/croixhurtis.
Hurtis's team was named "Rookie Team of the Year" for having the most participants on a first-year team. They had more than 40 people on their team.
As a part of the special 10th anniversary ceremony, balloons were released in honor of the children who have battled cancer. Some 300 red balloons were released, representing the 300,000 childhood cancer survivors alive today in the U.S. and 46 white balloons were released, representing the 46 children who are diagnosed with cancer each school day.
Time to Fly offered a variety of events that appealed to every member of the family, including a 10K run, 5K run, 5K Walk to Cure Children's Cancer and a Kids' Fun Run. Families, doctors and nurses shared their stories throughout the morning. In addition, Time to Fly featured live entertainment from Radio Disney, activities, games, food and refreshments.
Children's Cancer Research Fund has one focused and clearly defined goal: cure childhood cancer. The funds the organization provides enable the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center, a leading pediatric cancer research facility, to continue its pioneering efforts in the prevention, diagnoses, treatment and cure of childhood cancers. Many discoveries funded by Children's Cancer Research Fund have revolutionized the way childhood cancer is treated worldwide.