It was only fitting for Chad Carr supporters to “run tough” in chilly, windy weather on Saturday, October 3, for the 2nd Annual RunTough for ChadTough event presented by the Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander Foundation.
Ask any of the 1,028 registered participants and they would undoubtedly say it is the least they could do for this brave 5-year-old boy battling Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG.
“When all those people were running off, I got tears in my eyes,” said Tammi Carr, Chad’s mother. “It’s just amazing.”
Saturday’s event raised more than $120,000 in the name of the little boy who stole hearts just over one year ago when news broke of his diagnosis. Grandson of former University of Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, Chad’s fight – branded “ChadTough” – quickly gained attention and support from the University of Michigan family and surrounding communities.
Chad’s parents, Jason and Tammi, and brothers, CJ and Tommy, have since committed themselves to raising awareness and funds for DIPG and pediatric brain tumors.
“Together we are rallying for a cure,” said Tammi. “Thank you to everyone who participated in any way. We are blessed beyond measure.”
The event brought a number of coaches and students out in support, including longtime softball coach Carol Hutchins, who acted as emcee, women’s head basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico, who attended with the entire women’s basketball program, the University of Michigan softball and baseball teams, Saline High School National Honor Society, and Romulus basketball team.
“The Chad Tough run is such an amazing event,” said Barnes Arico. “Our community has been so supportive of this family and their battle, they are truly an inspiration. From the Michigan athletic department to the Saline School System, everyone has done their part to raise awareness and money for Chad and pediatric cancer.
“As a mother, seeing what Tammi has done to spearhead these efforts is amazing. Her strength and perseverance through her family’s battle has been remarkable. I am so happy that my family and our women’s basketball program continues to participate in this great run.”
Each and every public figure, community member, and business that participated in Saturday’s event holds a special place in the eyes of the Carr family for what is being done in the name of Chad and the DIPG community.
The past year has seen a rallying around this little boy, bringing attention to an entire community of families fighting for research dollars and awareness for pediatric brain tumors.
“My greatest goal here is that someday Chad Carr can thank you himself,” said Lloyd Carr prior to the start of the race.
“That’s our purpose, that’s our goal, and thanks for being part of this incredible opportunity, this incredible community.”