Realizing Futures

Why I’m Running for Research, Told by a Survivor

The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) is gearing up for its 21st annual Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, And Kids Run on Sunday, March 17, 2019. This event is a true community favorite, family-friendly, high energy race day to raise money for pediatric cancer research. There are so many reasons our participants come out each year to run or walk the Reaching for the Cure. And we love hearing them! Even though each story is unique, every individual has one thing in common; they all want to be part of the solution and make a difference for kids fighting cancer.

Running for Survivors

My name is Ian Engdahl. I am a runner, but greater than that – I am a survivor.”Ian Running

In May of 2005, the Engdahl family was told that their only child, their 4 year old son Ian, had been diagnosed with cancer. Adult Melanoma, an aggressive and often fatal form of cancer. Ian was the youngest child at the time to be given such a diagnosis.

Today, Ian has been cancer-free for nearly fourteen years. He has dedicated part of his life to telling his story and being an ambassador for PCRF for almost 9 years. Not only is Ian surviving, he is thriving! “I run varsity cross country and track for Dana Hills High School, one of the top high school distance running programs in the Country. I will be running cross country and distance track in the NCAA next year for Central Washington University,” Ian shared.

Ian Volunteering

Despite his hardships, Ian always looks at the positive side. “Nonetheless, running at such a level requires great determination and understanding why you run. I run to prove to others that although cancer may be deadly, survivors can still go on to live successful lives,” said Ian.

Ian hopes to be an example of hope for other kids battling cancer. “I run to prove to the world that I can overcome anything. I’m proof to those that are still battling for their lives that there is hope, and that remission is not just a dream, it is a possibility. I will not stop running until remission is a guarantee to every family that hears those fateful words “Your child has Cancer”, he shared.

“I run for hope, remission and for the survivors.”

Make a Difference

Participating in the Reaching for the Cure event is greater than the miles ahead of you. Your race is saving lives. You can help us make a difference!

For more information about the Run4Hope Running club, visit: @run4hopeclub

To register for the Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Kids Run or make a donation, visit:

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When you are young and healthy, it never occurs to you that in a single second your whole life could change. – Annette Funicello