RunTough 5K Benefiting ChadTough Foundation To Be Held Saturday

Chad Carr lost his battle with DIPG in Nov. 2015.

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September 22, 2019 - 7:17 pm

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(WWJ) -- The ChadTough Foundation is calling for runners and virtual runners to join their mission to eradicate DIPG. 

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma is a type of childhood brain cancer that starts in the brain stem, which is the part of the brain that controls breathing, heart rate and essential nerves. DIPG typically has a less than one-year survival rate.

Chad Carr, the son of Jason and Tammi Carr, and grandson of legendary University of Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, lost his life on Nov. 23, 2015 after a 14-month battle with DIPG. He was just 5 years old.

The foundation was born out of a Twitter hashtag to show support for the Carr family. 

The foundation is holding the RunTough for ChadTough 5K run on Sept. 28 at Saline High School. There is also a one-mile fun run.

Tammi Carr, speaking live on WWJ Sunday, says DIPG is one of the deadliest, yet most under-treated forms of cancer, and the ChadTough Foundation is aiming to change that.

"Brain cancer is actually the leading cause of cancer deaths in kids. I never knew that and I don't think most people do," Carr said. "And within cancer, DIPG is the deadliest form of brain tumor and 15% of all cancer deaths in a year happen from this disease that's basically not funded."

Carr says she and her family believe her son was put on Earth to do a job -- "to make change around this disease."

"He worked really hard while he was here. He inspired a lot of people, so now it's really our job to keep doing his work for him," she said.

Runners can sign up online and those who can't make it to Saline can sign up to be a virtual runner -- running from anywhere in the world in support of the ChadTough Foundation. An opening ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the runs will begin at 9 a.m.

There will be a handful of celebrities on-hand Saturday, including Chad's grandfather, Lloyd Carr, Michigan baseball coach Eric Bakich and HGTV's Nicole Curtis.

For more information about the ChadTough Foundation, visit their website and watch an ESPN feature story about Chad's battle with DIPG.