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Cupid’s Undie Run: Benefitting the Children’s Tumor Foundation…Sans Pants
Courtesy Chad Leathers
February 10th, 2012
10:13 PM ET

Cupid’s Undie Run: Benefitting the Children’s Tumor Foundation…Sans Pants

Editor's note: Kathryn McQuade is an associate producer at "Piers Morgan Tonight." She is participating in Cupid's Undie Run in New York City tomorrow afternoon.

Drew Leathers was diagnosed with Schwannomatosis, a rare form of the genetic disease Neurofibromatosis (also known as NF) that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. Bedridden by sixteen from the tumors rapidly absorbing his life, his family and friends were desperate to spread awareness and fund raise for the Children’s Tumor Foundation which works towards finding a cure for Neurofibromatosis. Drew’s older brother, Chad, with friends Brendan Hanrahan and Bobby Gill wanted to do something to bring attention to Neurofibromatosis and help find a cure for all the various forms of the disease, all of which have few treatment options available. They decided to take action in an extremely unconventional way.

The typical cookie cutter fundraising 5k was the last thing these three had in mind. “We wanted to do something unique that caught the eyes of passers by and really got runners excited about what they were doing,” says Gill. “This whole [underwear] thing started as a joke.” In January 2010, Hanrahan got the idea to do a run with all the runners in their underwear through Washington, D.C. which was sure to catch plenty of attention in the U.S. Capitol. Anxious to get the ball rolling on the project the three outward thinkers decided Valentine’s Day would be the perfect holiday for this run as the cold weather made stripping down to one’s underwear and stepping out for a jog all that more shocking, memorable and hilarious. “Plus, you’re spreading the love,” adds Gill. Just in time for Valentine’s Day.

In February of 2010 they pulled it together. “We literally thought we'd have maybe 50 or 60 people in attendance,” says Gill. On the morning of the race they were in for a surprise surge in attendance during one of Washington’s most destructive snow storms. Over 650 showed up people ready to donate, strip to their skivvies and run through the snow covered streets of Washington, D.C.

Tomorrow marks the third annual Cupid’s Undie Run but this year they have more attendees than they ever thought possible. What started as a hopeful joke between friends has gone nationwide with thousands of participants in six United States cities participating in the dead of winter, ready to go for a jog sans-pants. This year Seattle, Denver, Cincinnati, Atlanta and New York City are full of runners who are ready to bare all and go for a brisk run on Saturday, February 11, in the name of fighting tumors.

This year's run is already a success and it hasn’t even started. With a nationwide donation goal of $100,000, the six cities have already grossed a total of over $250,000 and the donations keep rolling in. “The push to expand nationwide was a big move, but the communities in each of these cities have all pulled together to build great excitement and do some awesome things for the cause,” Gill says excitedly.

In its third year this small group of friends has turned a small project into a national event. “If we have any say in it, Valentine's Day will soon be synonymous with Cupid's Undie Run and spreading the love to those battling Neurofibromatosis,” Gill hopes.

For more information on Neurofibromatosis and to donate to the Children’s Foundation please visit the Cupid's Undie Run website.

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  1. Andielee

    My son and his friends formed a group, raised 7k and ran today in DC. Great kids and we were proud to support the cause (even if I did cringe a bit at the getup)!

    February 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. s murray

    Dear Mr. Morgan:

    I cannot imagine that Whitney Houston’s death is a surprise to anyone. Very sad that she was only 48, but she was no different than any 40 something year old who died as a result of addiction. It is shocking to me to hear all that you are saying at present, when there are thousands who are in the same boat.

    Rather than glorifying her money/fame it might be far more appropriate to note that with her passing, her fortune (which, by the way, was funded largely by her fans, that the money she left be contributed to those n similar situations of abuse and also who abused drugs.

    This was a bad situation waiting to turn to trasgedy. It is a tragedy because she was famous . . . yet it happens every day.

    I do NOT want to hear from Clive Davis or Capitol records nor anyone who hired Houston as an artist. They used her like a horse in Central Park. They are sad only that they have lost a cash cow.

    Again . . . sad, but not unexpected. Get to the real heart of THAT story.

    S. Murray

    February 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. theron Hunt

    So S. Murray you seem to know what killed her!!?? It's tragedy because she was famous??? What happens every day? What did she die from?

    February 11, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Geno

    Jermaine,
    Aren'tyoutiredoftalkingaboutdeadpeopleinanattempttoboostyouroncareer?

    February 12, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Faze chilo

    Well i think she did of of hard drugs

    February 12, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Melissa

    Great review on Cupid's Undie run! Such a wonderful organization and a fun event.

    February 13, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Desy

    If it is 48% failure, the world perows of nations can take it that Obama stands true to his morals of charisma with which he came into Power to represent the most powerful democracy that is highly sensitively based where mind’s temporary imperfection stands to catch up with the change that was necessary for America and necessary for the world at large to reckon in human terms.One year of Obama’s role is insufficient to make an assessment because dilution of Presidential Charisma to match with public consumption is not a joke – I would therefore say 48% failure rating as projected is “transition”—and not a fact because it is related with the performance of relative time over which his (Obama’s) Charisma stands linked with the Infinite of Its unconscious state in him evolving and what is evolving as good can only indicate at present that (Obama) needs 4 years plus – to make things smooth for America and the world; reason – because he is a natural being blessed to receive inputs on his charisma to make mind’s temporary imperfections to move with his flexibility on them that are in the offing after the initial grounds appearing disturbing have been laid both for America as nation and the world tiding over the past governing history of this good earth.Well, this is a short and sweet comment on what stands reported.

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