Cupid's Undie Run looks to raise money, awareness for Children's Tumor Foundation
The idea behind hundreds of underwear-clad people running through Bricktown on Feb. 13 is a fundraising effort for the Children's Tumor Foundation to fund research for Neurofibromatosis (NF).
According to the Cupid's Undie Run website:
NF is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body, causing blindness, deafness, learning disabilities and severe chronic pain.
The Children’s Tumor Foundation is the world’s largest non-government organization dedicated to ending Neurofibromatosis (NF) through research. Currently, there is no cure for NF and there are frighteningly few treatment options. The Children’s Tumor Foundation is a Charity Navigator 4-Star charity that prides itself on efficiency, spending 82.4% of its revenue on program expenses and less than 8% on administrative costs.
NF causes tumors to grow in such a visible manner that they cannot always be concealed. Thus, the idea for the run: since those with NF can't put clothes on to feel more comfortable, neither do the fundraisers/runners.
There will be Cupid's Undie Runs in 39 cities in the United States and Australia in February. The Oklahoma City version is led by race director Ryan Doonkeen, who also works upstairs from The Oklahoman's video department with BigWing. Doonkeen says last year's event had 350 runners who raised $27,000.
This year's event will be hosted by the Wormy Dog Saloon in Bricktown. Runners will head west down Sheridan to the Myriad Gardens, then past the ballpark and back to the Wormy Dog.