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The Torch Run - Champions Run for Life is an opportunity for patients to join other patients, friends and sponsors in an Olympic-style fun-filled torch relay. We invite all patients of Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center at Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, past or present and regardless of age, to participate in this free event for all family and friends.
Help us celebrate the Torch Run - Champions Run for Life by becoming a patient sponsor today! >>>

If you have any questions about sponsoring a patient, please contact Annie Santos at 562-933-8600
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2019 Event Deta​ils:

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Runner & Sponsor Check-in
10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.Torch Run
12:15 p.m. Closing Ceremonies
12:30 p.m. Picnic, Music & Carnival Games
1:30 p.m. Carnival Closes
2:00 p.m. Closing

Location:  Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach

About Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center

Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center

The Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center at MemorialCare Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach provides quality, compassionate care to children of all ages—infants, children and adolescents—with cancer, sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other serious blood disorders. Miller Children's provides tertiary level hematology/oncology care, while using age-appropriate preparation, advanced equipment and treatment to more than 800 children each year.

Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center has comprehensive psychosocial programs and a multi-disciplinary care team that follows a cancer or blood disorder patient from the time of admission, through their stay in the hospital and throughout their follow-up care in the outpatient setting. The team includes physical therapists, dieticians, social workers, art therapists and even pediatric dentists. Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center's strong emphasis on integrating new research efforts into treatment plans allows patients access to leading therapies.

For more information www.mchlb.org/cancer

Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA  90806

Our Champions

Here are just a few of the patients supported by the services at Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center's Champions.

Bela Perez

Bela Perez

Bela Perez was born July 5, 2012 after her mother had a normal and healthy pregnancy. At two days old Bela was kept in the hospital because she had not urinated yet. After inserting a catheter and getting a urine and blood sample, it was discovered that her platelet count was low. She was in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for one month while doctors ran a series of tests and Bela's health went from bad to worse.

She was diagnosed at close to one month of age with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She began her first of four chemotherapy treatments right away. During round one she ended up on oxygen and spent more than one week in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Her third round was also especially difficult butnot as bad as the first. She did get to come home 

Bela Perez

for two weeks between rounds two and three and between rounds three and four. After spending her first seven months of life in the hospital, Bela finally came home for good, cancer free! We fell in love with Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, especially the staff on the Hematology/Oncology floor and will be forever grateful to God for Bela's health.

Aidan Sears

Aidan Sears

Aidan is an energetic and social 10-year-old boy doing well in the fourth grade. He loves to play games of all kinds, from chess to imaginative video games. He likes to be outside with friends, play his guitar, and read. At the age of 4 he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). He bravely endured 3 years and 2 months of extensive Chemotherapy treatment at Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach. 

At JJCCC, his entire family's needs were addressed at the time of diagnosis. The multidisciplinary team discussed treatment and tirelessly answered their questions. Aidan

Aidan Sears

developed engaging friendships with the Child Life specialists as well as the physicians & nurses, and he actually looked forward to outpatient treatment days. His family is proud to say that is now cancer-free! Your support in the Tour of Long Beach is helping support thousands of patients, like Aidan, receive the best pediatric care. Thank you for your support.

Danny Sweeney

Danny Sweeney

Danny is 20 years old and graduated with honors in 2011 from Wilson High School in Long Beach. He was accepted to several universities after high school and has finished his first semester at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. When he comes home to visit, he still loves to stop in at his former job at Rossmoor Pastries and surfs whenever he can. He loves to play sports and cheer for his favorite team - the Los Angeles Angels.

Danny Sweeney

It has been three years (May 25, 2010) since his diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and 17 months since his Bone Marrow Transplant. At the Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center, leukemia has greater than 85% survival rate thanks to extensive research efforts. Danny is now in remission and doing great!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center

Thanks to our sponsors and donors, over $200,000 (net) was raised in support of the patients and families at the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute at MemorialCare Miller Children's & Women’s Hospital Long Beach as part of the 2017 Torch Run-Champion’s Run for Life event.

Each year, 300 patients and their families gather to celebrate those who won the battle, those who are still fighting, and those who have lost the battle to this life-threatening disease. Each patient holds a torch as they run, walk, are carried, or are wheeled the 400 yards until passing the torch to the next waiting patient.

The Torch Run is an ideal arena to showcase your business! With maximum exposure to the Long Beach, Orange County, and South Bay communities, sponsors of the Torch Run will get a variety of marketing options depending on level. Sponsors will also demonstrate to the public the company’s dedication to curing pediatric cancer in their community.

Click here to become a patient sponsor for the Torch Run event and receive recognition >>>

Did you know that you can also fundraise to be a patient sponsor by creating an online fundraising page, click here to sign up >>>

Why We Raise Support:

MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach
Miller Children’s provides specialized pediatric care for children and young adults, with conditions ranging from common to complex all under one roof. Only 5 percent of all hospitals are children’s hospitals, making them unique not only to children’s health care needs in the community, but across the region.

Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute
The Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute at Miller Children’s has a dedicated unit of 24 private rooms in a home-like setting that provides comprehensive, family centered care to children with cancer, sickle cell disease and other serious blood disorders. It is known for its comprehensive psychosocial programs and multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute is one of the primary institutions that comprises the Children’s Oncology Group – an international, cooperative childhood cancer research network. Patients have access to the latest clinical trials and research initiatives, which leads to improved cure rates and breakthroughs in treatments of childhood cancers and blood disorders.

The Facts and Figures:

  • 46 kids will be told they have cancer in the US today.
  • 91,250 children lose their life to the disease every year.
  • Pediatric cancer is random and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographical region.
  • The causes of childhood cancers are unknown and are not strongly linked to lifestyle or environmental risk factors.
  • Less than 5% of the Federal Government’s total funding for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancers each year.
  • Two-thirds of childhood cancer patients will have long lasting chronic conditions from treatment
  • Approximately 100,000 people in the U.S. are affected by Sickle Cell Disease
  • Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited blood disorder
  • A typical treatment plan for a child with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia results in:
    • 213 missed days of school
    • 1,652 antibiotic pills to prevent infections
    • 2,504 chemotherapy pills
    • 115 finger pokes
    • 92 chemotherapy injections
    • 58 outpatient doctor appointments
    • 47 days in the hospital
    • 22 spinal taps
    • 8 emergency visits

Fundraising Tips

Infusion Center

Here are some ideas to help you raise funds to support our patients at the Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center!
Fundraising is not mandatory, but it is easier than you think whether you collect $5 or $1,500!

Every dollar makes a difference!

How do I get to my fundraising goal?

Know your stuff! Be informed about who benefits from this event, what this event means to you, and why you’re doing this.

Be prepared! A donation could come from anyone, anywhere, anytime. Spread the word to your friends and family that you are raising money for the patients and families at the Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center. For additional promotional material, contact Lourdes 562-933-8604 or email us at: lnarvaez@memorialcare.org.

Create a Personal Fundraising Page! It’s one of the easiest ways to let all your friends and family know what you are doing, why you are fundraising, and to ask for their support. Don't forget to set your fundraising goal, add your personal story as to why you are fundraising, and add some pictures.

Share! Post your fundraising page on your Facebook and Twitter pages WEEKLY

Check out our Social Media Tips and Tricks >>>

Personal Contact! Send an email to everyone you know with a link to your personal fundraising page. Make it personalized - tell your story and why this event is important to you.

Company contributions! Don’t forget to check if your company has a matching gift program and take advantage of doubling your money!

Hit the streets! Ask your dry cleaner, your local bar or restaurant, and your favorite clothing store - you never know who also has a connection to Miller Children's like you!

Event FAQs

  1. What is the Torch Run?

    Torch Run

    An Olympic-style torch relay for Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center pediatric patients, their loved ones, sponsors and celebrities. Each child carries a torch as they run, walk, wheel or are carried the 1/8 mile victory lap. At the end of their lap, each child passes the torch to the next runner as a sign of hope. Sixteen-year old Jonathan Jaques inspired the creation of the Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center when he gave his life savings to his parents in 1976 and asked them to help other children in the future. Although Jonathan eventually lost his battle with cancer, his legacy lives on through the Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer that was dedicated in his name at Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach in 1983.

  2. When is it?
    Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  3. Who may participate?
    – current or former patients of Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer and their family
    Sponsors – Family, friends, businesses, corporations
    Volunteers – Anyone
  4. How can I help?
    Sponsor a patient >>>
    Make a donation towards a patient's fundraising goal >>>
    Volunteer >>>
  5. Where is it?
    Shoreline Aquatic Park
    200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
    (Next to the Aquarium of the Pacific)
  6. Where do I park?
    The Pike Parking Garage for a discounted rate of $8
  7. Who can I call for additional questions?
    Annie Santos at (562) 933-8600
  8. Who benefits from this fundraiser and how are the funds used?
    All funds support the patients and families at the Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center and their programs and research.
  9. What about food?
    Please feel free to bring a picnic for yourself and family.  A snack shop will also be available to purchase light snacks and drinks.
  10. How do I support the Torch Run?
    Visit our website and make an online donation and/or mail your Sponsorship Form with a check made payable to:
    Memorial Medical Center Foundation / Torch Run
    Mail to:
    Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center
    Attn: Torch Run
    2801 Atlantic Avenue
    Long Beach, CA, 90806
  11. Do I have to fundraise?
    Fundraising is a great way to show your support of the Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center, but it is not manditory.You can ask your family and friends for donations through email, Facebook, and Twitter using the personal fundraising page you create when you register online.
  12. Is my donation, and the donations I collect, tax-deductible?
    Yes, your donation and the donations you collect are tax deductible.
    Online donations will receive an email with their donation information that they can use as their tax receipt. If a donor would like a mailed copy of their tax receipt, please call the Foundation's Events Department at 562.933.4483 or email EventsMMCF@memorialcare.org.
    Offline donations (donations that come in through the mail) will receive a tax receipt via snail mail.
  13. How do I make a donation to a participant online?
    From the Torch Run home page, hover over the Donate menu and select "Donate to a Patient."
    Type in the name of the participant in the search tab. Select his/her name and you will be walked through the donation process.
  14. I made a donation online and it is not showing up on the Participant’s Fundraising page.
    You have to select the participant from the list of walkers, and then make your donation through his/her personal fundraising page.
    If you made a General Donation, your donation went to support the general Torch Run event fund.
    Please contact us so that the participant can be properly credited. For more information please call the Foundation's Events Department at 562.933.4483 or email EventsMMCF@memorialcare.org.
  15. Who do I or my supporters make our checks out to?
    Checks can be made out to “MMCF” or “Memorial Medical Center Foundation.”
    If you are supporting someone who is fundraising, it is best practice to include “Torch Run – PARTICIPANT'S NAME” in the memo line of the check.
  16. What do I do with checks and cash donation?
    Please send all cash and check donations to:   
    Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center
    Attn:Torch Run
    2801 Atlantic Avenue
    Long Beach, CA 90806
    Please include a list with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of those who donated and the amount they gave. Also make sure your contact information is included so you get credit for the donations.
  17. What credit cards are accepted?
    Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted.
  18. How can I see who has donated to me?
    All online donations will appear in "My Home” on your personal dashboard.
    Login to ‘My Page’ with the username and password that you created during registration.You can then view your activity and the amounts that have been donated. If you select the notification box on your page, Torch Run Event will notify you via email for donations made online.
  19. Donations I mailed in are not appearing on my personal fundraising page, why?
    It takes at least 7-10 days for offline donations to be received, processed, and posted to your personal fundraising page.
    If you still don’t see a donation, please contact the Foundation's Events Department at 562.933.4483 or email EventsMMCF@memorialcare.org.
  20. Are donations accepted all year long?
    Yes, as a charity organization, we accept donations to the Memorial Medical Center Foundation/Torch Run throughout the year.
  21. How do I modify my personal fundraising page?
    Login to ‘My Page’ using your username and password created during registration.
    Click on the “My Page” button and then select “Edit My Web Page."
    Here you will be able to build/edit your page.

  22. I can’t remember my username and password.
    Click on the “Forgotten username or password” link on the login page and you will be sent an email with instructions on how to change your login information.
  23. Do you need volunteers for the event?
    Yes, we are always looking for enthusiastic and responsible volunteers before the event date and the day of the event.
    If you would like to volunteer, please click here to register >>>

For any questions, please contact Annie Santos at asantos@memorialcare.org or 562-933-8600

Map and Parking Information

Event parking will be available in The Pike Parking Garage at the discounted rate of $8 with validation.

  1. Enter garage, take a ticket and park. Bring your parking ticket with you when you leave your car.
  2. Visit the parking booth near the Torch Run Registration tents to get your parking ticket validated
    To pay with CASH: Visit the kiosk on the ground floor of the parking garage before going to your car. Insert your validated ticket and pay $8 cash. 
    Take your paid receipt with you to the exit to lift the gate.
    To pay with CREDIT CARD: Take your validated ticket with you when you exit and swipe your card to lift the gate.
Please do not park in the Aquarium of the Pacific garage as you will be charged $15 for the day.

A shuttle will be available to take participants and their families from the garage to the event site and back throughout the day. The shuttle runs are approximately 12-15 minutes apart.


From the North, take the 405 to the 710 South, continue on the 710 towards Long Beach. Follow the signs to the Aquarium. The 710 turns into Shoreline Drive.
Or coming from the City/East, make your way to Ocean Blvd., turn South on Pine and follow directions to the Aquarium.

Torch Run Parking

Presented by:

Ralphs - Food 4 Less

All Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores a 25 mile radius around Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach
have coin canisters collecting money for The Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center during the month of June.

Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center
2801 Atlanfic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90806 • (562) 933-8600

Torch Run - Champions Run for Life benefits the Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center at Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach

Contributions made to the Memorial Medical Center Foundation (MMCF) on behalf of Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law. IRC section 501 (c) (3) Tac ID #95-6105984

Memorial Medical Center Foundation
2801 Atlanfic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90806 • (562) 933-GIVE