Candy's Circus Run
candy's circus run

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Meet the Organizer

a survivor herself

The vision for Candy's Circus Run began four years ago when Candace's pediatric hematology and oncology nursing team asked that she share her lfe story at the CureSearch Walk in St. Petersburg, Florida. She walked with a few devoted friends and family, met other cancer survivors, and stood before a large group of people bringing most of us to tears. The following year she returned with a bigger team from the community consisting of school friends, rowing teammates, family and friends--all who helped lead fun activities for the event's participants. Then we all walked together for the cause in the torrential rain!
That was not enough for Candace. She had to step it up! That's when Candy's Circus Run kicked off as the first of its kind CureSearch event in the Manatee and Sarasota County area.
In 2016 Candy's Circus Run introduced a 5K and 1-mile fun run and walk in Nate Benderson Park. Cameron Tebbi, MD, the oncologist/hematologist who led Candace's chemotherapy protocols for multiple years that led to her current remission from multi-system Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, opened the event with a welcoming overview about pediatric cancer and the positive impact events such as Candy's Circus Run has for the future success in finding cures for all types of pediatric cancers and hematological diseases.

Candace Powell

baby gator 2021

The 2016 event included music, circus acrobatic performers, costumes, decorations, and breakfast and beverages. The event raised over $6,000 that directly went to CureSearch with the help of several significant contributions from generous sponsors for operating expenses.
This year, 2017, Candace is challenging the community once again, by adding a 10K to the event! With the extra distance comes a new direct donation goal of $10,000 and above!

2016 Event Video Overview

Update on LCH as Cancer

Candy's Circus Run is on its way to becoming one of the most special annual events in our community. Pulling together all of those affected by pediatric cancer with tributes to the survivors, remembrances for those who lost their fight, for those currently in battle, this event is to bring an awareness of pediatric cancer support services and to help fund research that is key to eradicating childhood cancers. It's a great reason to bring the community together for a morning of competitive exercise and fun activities for all ages!

So, come on over, one and all, to the Greatest Show on Earth!

CureSearch Article

EC Observer Article