CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham kids and their families have contributed more than $45,000 to rare cancer research through funds raised with the Sunshine Striders 1-Mile Fun Run and Chathamites are set to run again on Saturday, Sept. 29, when the fourth annual event is held.

The event is free, with a suggested donation of $25 per participant. Each kid participant will receive a race t-shirt and a medal at the finish line. The race begins and ends at the home of David and Kelly Leach on 208 Longwood Ave. There will be bounce houses, face painting, tattoos and a DJ following the race. To register go to: 

The Sunshine Striders support the fundraising efforts of Cycle for Survival team, Pedaling Sunshine, an adult team that participates in spinning events held at Equinox gyms across the country in February and March. Every dollar raised at these events goes towards rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 

“Each year the doctors receiving these funds report back on the progress they’re making, and it’s magical to hear about their game changing, life-saving research,” Chatham resident Kelly Leach, rare cancer survivor and patient at MSKCC, said.

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The Sunshine Striders Fun Run gives the kids a way to join the battle against rare cancers - and they should be proud of their accomplishments so far. In the past three years, this kids/family event has contributed over $45,000 to the running total of over $800,000 raised by the Pedaling Sunshine team. Leach predicts that the teams will reach the $1 million milestone by the end of the 2019 rides.

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