Why We Walk

Why We Walk & Run

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death from disease in children under the age of 15. While researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and many other pediatric cancer centers are making great progress in the search for a cure, they need more funding to continue their work. So each September during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, CHOP rallies to increase visibility of pediatric cancer in our communities. Get involved by learning, joining, sharing, and speaking up for kids with cancer.

The Cancer Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is an internationally recognized leader in pediatric cancer treatment and research. Patients and families come to CHOP from around the globe to receive the best available pediatric cancer care from some of the world’s top clinicians.

Not only are CHOP’s oncologists providing the most advanced treatments for pediatric cancers, they’re working every day to develop new therapies to treat children battling these devastating diseases, and addressing the late effects of cancer treatment felt by those who’ve won their fight.

Event Details

Event Details


Sunday, September 25, 2016


Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Eakins Oval


Proceeds from the Parkway Run & Walk benefit the pediatric cancer research and care at The Children’s Hospital.

Registration Details


Adult 5K Run (13 yrs & older) – $25.00
Adult Fun Walk – $25.00
Kids 5K Run – $12.00
Kids Fun Walk – $12.00


Please e-mail us at parkwayrun@email.chop.edu.

Additional Information

Forming Teams

Teams are formed in an effort to raise funds for children who are bravely fighting cancer. It is a way for friends and family to show their support for a child in their community, and rally around an important cause.

Visit the Parkway Run Registration Page, then select a participation type – runner or walker. You will then be asked to select a role. Select “Create a Team” to get started.

If I had a team last year, do I have to start over again?

Yes. Captains should visit the Parkway Run Registration Page. As a captain, you can use the same team name as last year and register for the event.

Team member registration

Invite team members to register through your participant center or have them go to the Parkway Run Registration Page and tell them to register under your team name.

Tax ID letters for contributions

Donations made payable to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The Children’s Hospital Foundation will receive a tax ID letter.

Sending in donations

Please make checks payable to The Children’s Hospital Foundation/Parkway Run. Credit card donations can be made on the Parkway Run Donate Page.

You can mail checks and money orders to:

The Children’s Hospital Foundation
Attn: Parkway Run & Walk
P.O. Box 40930
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Please download and use this form when submitting any check or money order donations.



Thanks for joining us in the Parkway Run & Walk! To help you make the most of your participation — and raise money for children with cancer at CHOP — we’ve compiled some resources you can use to help kids — one step at a time.

Fundraising Tips

We know it takes a little bit of time and energy to fundraise. We want you to be successful! Below are some tools and ideas to help you on your way!

Share Your Why

Make your personal fundraising page personal! Share with family and friends why you are raising funds for CHOP.

Set a Goal

Pick a goal that is just right for you. One that is realistic, yet challenging. All funds raised for CHOP make a difference! Just think: $500 is only five $100 donations …

Show Your Commitment

Donate to yourself and kick off your fundraising. Statistics show individuals are more likely to donate when they see others have!

Get out there NOW!

The sooner you start, the more you will raise.

Get Online

Share your personal fundraising page on all your social media outlets.

Ask Everyone

You might be surprised where your larges donations come from. Don’t be afraid to ask! What about your veterinarian? Foot doctor? Or hair stylists?

Matching Gifts

Marching gifts are a great way to get other organizations involved and double your funds! You and your donors should check with your HR departments.

Stay Inspired

Remind yourself why you are fundraising by going to CHOP’s website and watching or reading patient stories.

Thank you, you and YOU!

Remember to thank ALL of your donors, without them CHOP would not be the hospital it is today.


Send individual emails to each of your family and friends. Tip: Remember to be specific when asking for a donation!

Mobile Texts

Some of your family and friends do not check their email as much try sending mobile texts! Tip: Remember to include your fundraising page URL.

Be Personal and Public

Tag your donors on social media and recognize them publicly for helping your cause.

Social Media Tips & Ideas

Using social media to support your fundraiser can be easy, effective and fun! Get your friends and family involved — and raise more money for kids with cancer — by following the simple tips below.

Recognize your supporters

If people don’t mind being identified by name, give them a shout out with a tag or @mention! This can encourage others to donate while also showing your appreciation. You can also thank people through direct messages.

Always include a link to your donation page

Even though some posts will be more donation
focused than others, always give people the opportunity to learn more and donate.

Use hashtags

Use #ParkwayRun in your posts to make it easy for your friends to follow your fundraising efforts.

Tag us

Tag @Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on Facebook or @ChildrensPhila on twitter so we can follow along.