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The 16th Lauren’s Run and CURE Childhood Cancer Annual Picnic return on May 2, 2010 at Concourse Office park (I-285 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road). Presented by AirTran Airways, this year’s Lauren’s Run will draw more than 2,000 participants to its 5k Race, 2k Fun Run/Walk and much adored Tot Trot.

The race course is lined with tribute signs, featuring pictures of cancer patients, survivors and those lost to cancer, providing a poignant reminder of why we gather.  Form a team, register online, create a fundraising page, purchase a tribute sign. For more information and to get started, click here.

Lauren’s Run will be followed by CURE’s Annual Picnic, where participants will welcome childhood cancer patients and their families. Childhood cancer patients and survivors are invited to attend the picnic even if they do not participate in Lauren’s Run.  Sponsored by Amusement Masters, Speedway Children’s Charities and Publix, the picnic will include delicious food provided by Folks, inflatables, carnival games, arts and crafts and a special area for toddlers and young children.  Hearts and Hooves will also be on hand with miniature horses.

A special and heartfelt thanks to our generous Run and Picnic sponsors:  AirTran Airways, Speedway Children’s Charities, Coca Cola, Equifax, 1Source International, Publix, Wilmington Trust, Virtual Management Technologies, Real Estate Mortgage Networks, Damaballa, Anodyne Health, Tom Kashi Insurance Agency, Wells Fargo.

We also thank our generous in kind sponsors:  Amusement Masters, Folks, Coca Cola, Lynn Crow Photography, Springer Mountain Farms, Contagious,  Metro Awards, American Mountain, Rayen Studios, Playball, Hearts and Hooves, Concourse and Cousins Properties.


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CURE Childhood Cancer Event Photos Posted

Coming off two big annual events benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer, Care Affair and Lauren’s Run, we are excited to share that photos from both events have just been posted to our website.

Click here to view the 2009  Lauren’s Run photo gallery. You may also view these photos on Facebook. Stay tuned for an update on the success of Lauren’s Run.

Click here to view the 2009 Care Affair photo gallery. You may also view these photos on Facebook. Care Affair raised $67,500 for CURE at this year’s event. For the full recap, click here.

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Many thanks to the Corporate Sponsors for Lauren’s Run & the CURE Childhood Cancer Annual Picnic


With Lauren’s Run only days away we wanted to highlight our generous corporate sponsors for Lauren’s Run & the CURE Childhood Cancer Annual Picnic!  Without these wonderful donatations Lauren’s Run would not have been possible.  Thank you!  Please support these companies and thank them for their dedication to CURE Childhood Cancer.

Silver Sponsor $5,000

King and Spalding

Bronze Sponsor    $2,500

1 Source International
Coca Cola

Friends of the Run    $500-$1,000

Panattoni Development
Roswell Pediatric
Perkins + Will
Wachovia Securities
Keller Williams Realty
Anodyne Health
Global Payments
Virtual Management Technologies
In Kind Sponsors

Contagious Entertainment
Eric Bern Studio
Metro Awards
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Springer Mountain Farms
West Stride
Folks Southern Kitchen
Amusement Masters
Lynn Crow Photography

And don’t forget there is still time to register!  Online registration deadline is Thursday, April 30th at 5pm.  There is also walk up registration available on race day.

Click here to register now!

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Lauren’s Run & the CURE Childhood Cancer Annual Picnic – ONE WEEK AWAY! Still time to register


On Sunday, May 3, 2009, a 5K Run/2K Fun Run/Walk/ Tot Trot and Picnic will be held, rain or shine, at the Concourse Office Park at 4 Concourse Parkway NE, Atlanta, 30328, near Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. and I-285.

While we are only one week away, there is still time to register for the event!  

Click here to register now!

Lauren’s Run was founded in 1992 in memory of Atlantans Lauren Zagoria, and continuing also in the memory of Lauren Kochman, both of whom died from neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer, while still toddlers. Since its inception, Lauren’s Run has raised over $2 million for pediatric cancer research.  laurensrun2008063

Following the runs participants are invited to stay for the CURE Childhood Cancer Annual Picnic. Games and fun are also provided on the grounds by Amusement Masters.  Lunch will be provide by Folks Southern Kitchen.

To register or for additional information please go to Online registration is available through April 30, 2009 at 5PM. Registration fee for each adult is $20, and $25 on race day. Registration fee for a child is $15.

laurensrun4035046Founded in 1975, Atlanta, GA-based CURE Childhood Cancer has raised millions of dollars for research and ongoing education of pediatric cancer. CURE currently funds two pediatric oncology Fellows at the Emory University School of Medicine.

For more information go to or contact Executive Director Kristin Connor at 770-986-0035. 


WHAT:  15th Annual Lauren’s Run to Benefit CURE Childhood Cancer

WHEN:  Sunday May 3, 2009

Race Day Registration/ # pick up 6:30 AM – 9:55 AM

Warm Up for 5K: 7:45 AM, Race Begins at 8 AM

Warm Up for 2K: 9:15 AM, Race Begins at 9:30 AM

Tot Trot (ages 5 and under): 10 AM

CURE Childhood Cancer Annual Picnic: 11:30 AM

WHERE: Concourse Office Park at 4 Concourse Parkway NE, Atlanta near Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. and I-285

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Support Lauren’s Run with a Tribute Sign – DEADLINE TO ORDER IS TODAY!


For only $25, you can pay tribute to someone special who has been touched by cancer. Tribute signs will be placed along the 2K course & can be taken home after the event. 


If you would like to pay tribute to someone, please include the honoree’s name and the following information when returning your registration form. In 10 words or less tell us something special about the person you are honoring (loved to play soccer, always had a smile on her face, had a laugh you would never forget). e-mail a picture to with your name & contact information. Files must be .jpg or .tif. Scanned 4 x 6 pictures must be 300 dpi. Scanned 8 x 10 pictures must be 200 dpi

Remember, the deadline for ordering Tribute Signs is TODAY, Friday, April 17, 2009.

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Save the Date: Lauren’s Run & CURE Childhood Cancer Annual Picnic is Coming May 3, 2009

Lauren’s Run is back for its 15th year!  Founded in 1992 in memory of Lauren Zagoria, a precious two-year old from Atlanta with big, golden curls, and continued in memory of Lauren Kochman,  Lauren’s Run has raised more than $2 million for pediatric cancer research.  On Sunday, May 3, 2009, Lauren’s Run and CURE Childhood Cancer Annual Picnic returns to Concourse Office Park, bigger and better than ever.

This year’s Lauren’s Run will include a 5k Race, a 2k Fun Run/Walk and the much adored Tot Trot followed by CURE’s Annual Picnic.  All proceeds will benefit CURE Childhood Cancer and will be directed toward CURE’s funding of life-saving research at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine.  Following the run, participants are invited to stay for the CURE Childhood Cancer Annual Picnic, featuring games and fun provided by sponsor Amusement Masters and plenty of great food by Folks.  Families of children with cancer are invited to join us for the picnic even if you do not participate in the run.

Form a team or ask your school to enter the School Team Challenge!  Students from preschool through high school, your families, faculty, administration and school staff from local schools are joining together in a friendly competition with other area schools in an effort to promote physical fitness and benefit research into cures for childhood cancers.  A cash award will be given to the school whose team raises the most money.

To register for the race and/or set up a fundraising page for your team, visit

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A Successful Lauren’s Run!

This will be a short entry, but quite relevant to the cause at hand!  This past weekend, the dedicated staff at CURE and related families and supporters hosted a wonderful morning of exercise, fun, food and friends.

In a previous post titled “Imagine a World Without Childhood Cancer”, we referred to the impact childhood cancer can have on communities, and the necessary and important role community plays in healing families from this type of storm.  Lauren’s Run provided such a beautiful picture of this unity, hosting communities of friends, colleagues, neighbors, and classmates supporting both survivors and lives lost.

The day also provided a precious reminder of the joy and light that children bring into our lives.  In this case, their light shown through a fundraising run / walk / picnic with Frisbees, balls, climbing walls, and slides — all the things kids would enjoy.  This magical quality that children possess, though, is not restricted to the fun circumstances we experienced this weekend.

Indeed the joy, laughter, determination, and caring hearts of children carry them and their families and their communities down some of the most difficult paths life presents.  In a pediatric cancer center, IV poles become skateboards; hallways become bowling alleys; hospital doors become canvases for the rooms’ inhabitants; nurses become best friends.

How precious our children are…making the sunny days brighter and hiding the nights with their smiles…Thanks for visiting our BLOG, come back often.

Alan Thomson
Father of Hayley Thomson, Feb 2003 – Dec 2004
CURE Board of Directors

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