We are grateful for the hard work of every host who organizes an event in support of ChadTough. Check out these upcoming events and join whichever you can!

Together, we can bring hope for the future and envision a world where all kids diagnosed with brain cancer can live out their dreams.

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1Athletes Unlimited- Lindsey McKoneSparks Glencoe, Maryland

July 1st - August 31st 2024

In memory of William McKone

Hosted by Lindsey McKone

Professional lacrosse player Lindsey McKone has chosen the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation to be her non-profit beneficiary 0n behalf of Athletes Unlimited. ChadTough received a grant equal to 100% of Lindsey’s win bonus and received additional amplification for our organization by Athletes Unlimited and Lindsey.

29Chicago Golf OutingRiverside, IL

July 29, 2024

Join us for the fourth annual ChadTough Defeat DIPG Chicago Golf Outing. Each year sells out quickly so be sure to purchase your spot! The day includes a light lunch and dinner, wonderful raffle items, games throughout the day, and best of all, raising awareness and much-needed funds for fighting DIPG.

If you have any questions about the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Chicago Golf Outing, please contact: CTGolf@Shaker.com



4Bridgewater Bank Golf OutingSaline, MI

August 4, 2024

In remembrance of Alison Rachel Kunz

Hosted by Bridgewater Bank Tavern in Saline, MI

This is the 7th annual Bridgewater Bank Golf Outing. Every year the Kunz and Spensley families choose a foundation close to their heart in remembrance of Alison Rachel Kunz, who has inspired many to give back, no matter the cause. This year all proceeds will be donated to the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation.

Location: The Rustic Glen Golf Course, 12090 W Michigan Ave, Saline, MI 48176.


22Whitecaps Rivalry NightComstock Park, MI

August 22, 2024

In memory of Tommy Ruddy

Hosted by Team Tommy Army Strong

This is the 7th year for the West Michigan Whitecaps’ annual Rivalry Night, supported by ChadTough’s Family Partners Team Tommy. This night is about two schools that have a heated rivalry in baseball coming together to help two outstanding foundations. The Michael Sadler Foundation and Chad Tough Defeat DIPG Foundation with assistance from Team Tommy will be represented all night. Proceeds from ticket sales, online auction, and 50/50 sales will be donated to both organizations. Wear your Green & White or Maize & Blue! | Presented By Wilsonart

More information to come! https://www.milb.com/west-michigan


24Kambria’s Krew Color RunEscanaba, MI

August 24, 2024

In memory of Kambria Grenfell

Hosted by the Grenfell Family

Please join us in our 3rd annual Kambria’s Krew Color Run to raise money for research that is desperately needed to help kids beat DIPG. DIPG is a brain tumor that has less than 1% survival. Parents are told to go home and make memories. We need to be the change because DIPG is the most complex of cancers and is severely underfunded. DIPG takes away things like walking, talking, and eventually breathing all while the child is fully aware what is happening to them.

24Lip Sync Battle – Hudson’s HopeOverland Park, KS

August 24, 2024 from 7:00-11:30pm CDT

In memory of Hudson Sands

Hosted by Overland Park Racquet Club, 6800 West 91st Street Overland Park, KS

Join us for the 5th Annual Lip Sync Battle on Saturday, August 24th in support of Hudson’s Hope! Pick a song and live your best rock star moment for a great cause! This year we are hoping for at least 10 performances. We will have a silent auction, drinks, snacks, and yard games, along with a beautiful sunset in the background. At 9:00pm we will gather inside to listen to a live band an our late night food delivery!



6Jason Lerch – 100 Mile UltramarathonGregory, MI

September 6, 2024

Hosted by Jason Lerch

Jason Lerch will be attempting his first 100-mile ultra marathon this year on September 6th (Run Woodstock 100 Mile Ultra). This event and the preparation will challenge him mentally and physically, and completing the event will be extremely rewarding. To make this challenge more fulfilling, he has partnered with the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation to fundraise for its mission to rid the world of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). As he is training for the ultramarathon, he will be sharing training updates and information about DIPG. If you are interested, you can follow his journey and donate by clicking the button below.


7RunTough for ColtStrongSylvania, OH

September 7, 2024

In celebration of Colt DelVerne

Hosted by Colt DelVerne's Family

This family-friendly 5K and 1M Fun Run will bring together families, both locally and around the country, to raise money for childhood brain cancer research. In celebration of Colt DelVerne, who passed away at the age of 10, participants who wish to join the DelVerne family can gather for a fun-filled morning at Centennial Terrace in Sylvania, OH on September 7, 2024.

14Emerson the Brave Family Fun DayHolland, MI

September 14, 2024

Dedicated to Emerson Hoogendoorn

Hosted by Emerson's family

Join us for the 7th Annual Emerson the Brave Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 14, 2024 from 8:00am-2:00pm. The day includes the Fishbowl Auction, where local businesses have donated some amazing prizes! There will also be a Cars for Cancer Car Show and some other fun events and activities happening through out the day at The Old Park Township Airport, 1269 Ottawa Beach Rd, in Holland, MI.

Please invite your family and friends. More information will follow.



28RunTough for Team OwenOak Park, IL

September 28, 2024

In honor of Owen Petrzelka

Hosted by the Petrzelka/Shaker family

In 2020, six-year-old Owen fought bravely against DIPG, an aggressive and incurable brain tumor after a nearly six-month battle. Join us in honoring his strength and infectious giggle in hopes of creating a brighter outcome for other kiddos who face this terrible disease and participate in the 5th Annual RunTough for Team Owen.

This run is virtual, so you can run wherever and whenever you like. More info will be sent about the logistics of the virtual run after registration. Are you local to Chicago? Join the fun at a block party in Oak Park, IL on September 28, 2024, hosted by the Petrzelka/Shaker family. We’re also aiming for some fun surprises for those who run locally, so stay tuned for more details!


28Pay’s 5K Super Hero StompWinona Lake, IN

September 28, 2024

In memory of Payton Slaymaker

We are excited for this year’s Pay’s 5K! Come join us this year and take big steps on behalf of the smallest members of the cancer community!

Grab your cape, tie up those laces, and get ready to hit the ground running to support Chad Tough Defeat DIPG Foundation and Fear is a Liar Ministries. But most of all, help us bring awareness to pediatric cancer.

Don’t forget to dress in your best superhero outfit as there will be a prize given to the best dressed Child and Adult!

Event is at 10:00AM at Winona Lake Limitless Park, 1598 Park Ave, Winona Lake, IN 46590.

29RunTough for ChadToughSaline, MI

September 29, 2024

The 11th Annual RunTough for ChadTough Defeat DIPG is a family-friendly 5K and 1M Fun Run and the foundation’s longest running event, bringing together families, both locally and across the world, to raise money for childhood brain cancer research. In celebration of Chad Carr’s September 26th birthday, who passed away at the age of 5, participants can enjoy a fun-filled morning in Saline, MI, including a Family Fun Zone and Tot Race, free for kids 5 and under on Sunday, September 29th, 2024.

You can run or walk in Saline or VIRTUALLY from anywhere.



28Ann Arbor Turkey TrotAnn Arbor, MI

November 28, 2024

Hosted by RF Events

The Ann Arbor Turkey Trot is a morning full of fun before your big Thanksgiving Day feast! You will see crazy outfits and costumes, and people of all ages running. There are fun age group awards, photos with “Turkey Tom” and Santa, and even hot cocoa and cookies at the finish line! This is a great way to kick off the holiday season while raising funds for ChadTough. We are so grateful for the continued partnership with our friends at the Ann Arbor Turkey Trot! Join us this upcoming year!



31Sincerely Gretchen FundraiserOnline

Ongoing Fundraiser

In memory of Gretchen Weng

Hosted by Meghan O'Neill

Gretchen Weng passed away from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in October of 2023. As her very close friends, we hoped to raise awareness and donate money to fund DIPG research and support patients. Every donation counts!