Event Info

What: 5k Run/Walk

Where: The Philadelphia Zoo

When: Saturday April 27, 2019

Price: $37 through Dec 20th, $40 through Feb 21st, $42 through Apr 26th, $50 race day

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5th Annual Care to Carry on 5k Run / Walk 2019

The Care for the Cure Foundation is excited to
announce that Registration for the 5th Annual
Care to Carry on 5k Run / 1m Walk is NOW OPEN!

Register or Donate Here

*Registration includes full-day admission to the Zoo after the race*

Early bird registration!

Sign up before December 21, 2018 to lock in the discounted $37 registration rate - Price increases on December 20th at 11:59 pm.

About the Event

We invite you and your families to run, walk, hop, skip or jump your way through the Philadelphia Zoo on Saturday April 27, 2019 to help raise awareness about children’s grief and the support they need to carry on in a healthy way.

Run or walk this mostly flat USATF Certified course through the Nation's Oldest Zoo.  Just as in the years past, this event will be chip timed and starts/finishes near the front of the Philadelphia Zoo. Walkers will begin after runners to ensure a smooth start. 5K COURSE MAP

Complimentary pre-and-post warm up/stretch, face painting, refreshments, DJ and more! Medals to top-finishers and age group winners. More details to come soon.

THANK YOU to our 2018 sponsors, runners, walkers and volunteers that made the 4th Annual 5k such a huge success! We almost doubled our participants from 300 to 550; raising $20,000.00. As a critical source of funding for Camp Erin Philadelphia, the Care to Carry on 5k provided support for 40 of the 100 campers who attended in 2018! At a cost of approximately $500 per camper, we hope to grow donations and participation in 2019 to increase the number of children who benefit from the program.  

2018 Race Results
2017 Race Results
2016 Race Results
2015 Race Results

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Proceeds will benefit Camp Erin®-Philadelphia:

For anyone who has lost someone near and dear to his or her heart, as we have with Caroline, you understand the grief that overwhelms you in the days, months and years that follow. Children, unlike adults, do not have the experience and knowledge to understand what they are feeling or the ability to cope with grief head on. They need the support of caring adults and professionals to help them cope in a healthy way that may prevent potential negative outcomes.

Camp Erin Philadelphia is a weekend overnight camp for children and teens in the Greater Philadelphia Region, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. This camp combines traditional, fun, high-energy camp activities with the grief education and support that kids and teens need to carry on after a loss, in a healthy way.

Out of the many children in the greater Philadephia area who are greiving the loss of a loved one, Camp Erin Philadelphia provides 100 campers each year with an opportunity to know that they are not alone in their grief. The camp is free for all children to attend and proceeds will help fund:

  • Lodging
  • Nurses and Security
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Meals & Snacks
  • Remembrance Services: Rituals and Luminary Ceremony
  • Cabin Necessities
  • Camper Keepsakes: blankets, necklaces, teddy bears and camp bags
  • Sports & Games

Funding will also allow campers to:

  • Tell their story in a safe environment
  • Meet friends facing similar circumstances
  • Build a tool-box of coping skills
  • Process grief in healthy ways
  • Learn they are not alone
  • Honor and memorialize loved ones
  • Have fun!

For more information on children's bereavement sevices offered in the local Philadelphia area, please visit the David Bradley Children's Bereavement Program web site, part of Penn Wissahickon Hospice.

Hear it from the Kids:

Quotes from the campers of the Philadelphia camp.

“I used to think I didn’t belong, but after Camp Erin I feel important and I do belong, no matter who or what I am, I’m loved.”  11 year old girl

“Camp Erin was an emotional roller-coaster. I went from feeling sad to being glad in five minutes.  Most important, at Camp Erin I learned I did not have to hold back my emotions, listening to other peoples’ stories can and does help, and communication is key. Before camp, the only person I talked to was my sister. Now I feel like anyone can help.”  15 year old boy

“Camp Erin Helped me because I learned I’m not alone and others are grieving too.” 9 year old boy

“They let me express my feelings and tell me that I can cry” 8 year old girl

About Camp Erin®: 

Camp Erin® Philadelphia is a free, weekend bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities. Led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills, and make friends with peers who are also grieving.Camp Erin Philadelphia was created and is supported in part by Eluna.

Why We Care to Carry On: 

Inspired by Caroline Gallagher Cranston who lost her fight to AML Leukemia after 21 months, the Care for the Cure Foundation was founded to raise awareness and funds for blood cancer treatment. The Foundation has since expanded to support like-minded organizations. We understand that life-taking diseases like Leukemia not only affects the person battling it, but every other person in their life that cares about them as well. Both Erin and Caroline's compassion and concern for others who they left behind are why we Care to Carry on.

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