Local team participates in Cupid’s Undie Run

Courtesy photo Team Ryan of Duncansville was part of this year’s Cupid’s Undie Run on Valentine’s Day weekend.

Cupid Charities hosted its annual Cupid’s Undie Run over Valentine weekend this year, with local participants running in their undies to raise money to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

CTF is the world’s leading research organization working to improve the quality of life and find treatments and a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF) and other tumor-causing disorders in children.

Participants run in their undies because those affected by NF can’t cover up their tumors.

According to the group, the patients can’t put on clothes to feel more comfortable, so why should we?

Since 2010, there have been more than 107,000 undie runners in 39 different cities across the nation. These cities have raised almost $900,000 in 2021 and more than $20,850,000 since Cupid’s Undie Run began in 2010. 100% of the net proceeds go to funding NF research through the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

Cupid’s Undie Run takes place on Valentine’s weekend every year, and the Cupid Charities participants run/walk on Ryan’s team.

Ryan, who will be 13 this February, has NF and is our inspiration to raise money and run in our undies.

For the past 10 years, local runners have attended the event held in Pittsburgh. Due to COVID-19, this year a virtual run was held in Ryan’s neighborhood in Duncansville.

This year, Ryan’s team raised $31,388 and was 4th overall in the nation, and had two of the top three individual fundraisers out of the Pittsburgh participants. The team also had one of the top 5 individual fundraisers in the nation.

Neurofibromatosis (NF) is the most common neurological disorder caused by a single gene.

NF involves the uncontrolled growth of tumors on the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. One in 3,000 people have NF. Currently there is no cure.

CTF is on a mission to change that. Thanks to all our supporters, the money raised has helped CTF generate 116 preclinical studies, which have led to 16 clinical trials. One of those trials resulted in more than 70% of participants seeing their tumors shrink by 20 to 50%.

Some of the funded research has helped develop treatments via pill form, instead of painful injections.

Cupid Charities is an active local fundraising group looking to help raise money to benefit the CTF, a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization and recipient of a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

The foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of more than 100,000 Americans living with neurofibromatosis (NF), a term for three distinct disorders: NF1, NF2 and schwannomatosis.

If you would like to make a donation or join Ryan’s team for 2022, email Ryansteamcupid

@gmail.com for more information.


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