Kids Kick Cancer

Children may not know exactly what cancer is, but they do know one thing: when friends and family are affected all they want to do is help. Laura Tornes of Hilliard, Ohio remembers when her son and daughter, Dylan (8) and Ella (6), and their friend Hailey Pierson (8) came up with the idea.

Dylan, Ella and Hailey raise money to fight cancer
Dylan, Ella and Hailey raise money to fight cancer

Laura supported the three as they began to plan the event in support of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). “They wanted to start a kid cancer run to raise money for cancer research,” says Laura. “And not just one specific type – all types of cancer”. 

Dylan, Ella, and Hailey invited neighbors and their friends to the run. They also encouraged everyone to make an online donation to their personal fundraising page on the OSUCCC – James website. The children then baked and iced cookies, painted posters and created medals to award all of their race participants. Raising more than $710 through online donations, all proceeds benefited the cancer strategic support fund at the OSUCCC – James.

The race was held at Homestead Park in Hilliard, Ohio, the children’s’ favorite park. After the three recited cancer facts and sang the national anthem, the runners were off. More than forty people ran in the inaugural Kids Kick Cancer one-mile run.

Laura comments that the children did all of the work – from planning, marketing, recruiting runners, and running the refreshment table. Her favorite part of the event was the signs the children had made in honor of cancer survivors.

To Dylan, Ella and Hailey, giving means thoughtfulness, kindness, and love. When asked about what giving means to them, the children replied, “If you have something that people need, you should give it to them. When someone is in need and you can help, you should give them what you can.”

Kids Kick Cancer is expected to become an annual event. To learn more about how you can create a personal fundraising page and raise funds for the OSUCCC – James online, please visit here.