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This year, the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute at MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Champions Run for Life Torch Run event. The Torch Run is an Olympic-style relay race full of inspirational and uplifting moments. Patient “champions” carry a torch – a symbol of hope for a cure for childhood cancer and serious blood disorders – as they walk, run, wheel or are carried through a one-eighth mile celebratory lap. The patient passes the torch to the next “Champion,” together getting one step closer to the finish line. Patients are cheered on by family, friends, sponsors and supporters.

Current and former pediatric cancer and blood disorder patients and families from the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute at MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach are invited to participate in the Torch Run event. This is a free event for all family, friends, and community supporters.

2020- Event Details
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Runner & Sponsor Check-in
10 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, and Entertainment
2 p.m. Event Concludes

Location:  Shoreline Aquatic Park, 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

For more information, please contact the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute at MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach at 562-933-8600, or TorchRun@memorialcare.org

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About the Cause

The Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute at MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach is nationally recognized and is a leader in the multidisciplinary care and research of pediatric cancer and serious blood disorders such as Sickle Cell Disease and Hemophilia. The Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Institute is a coordinated inpatient and outpatient program. Our dedicated inpatient unit has 24 private rooms in a home-like setting that provides patient centered care including comprehensive treatment, access to clinical research, and unique supportive care resources such as psychologists, social workers, child life specialists, and art therapists.

The Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute is one of the 230 primary institutions of the Children’s Oncology Group, the pediatric cancer network located in the United States, Canada and Australia that treats the majority (90%) of children with cancer. As the only pediatric hematology oncology program in greater Long Beach, South Bay and Northern Orange County, the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute assumes a critical leadership role to the research, diagnosis, treatment and education of children with cancer and blood-related diseases.

The Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute works closely with the community to increase their awareness of childhood cancer and to raise philanthropic dollars to improve the treatment options and quality-of-life for our patients. A large proportion of our families are living below the poverty level and struggle significantly with the financial pressures of caring for an ill child. The population served reflects the multi-ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds of Long Beach.

Philanthropic support helps to sustain and develop many of the critical components of the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute’s unique program, including social work, psychosocial services (school reintegration, art therapy, support groups), nutrition and physical therapy, which comprise our comprehensive treatment and research programs. Many of the families that the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute serves would not receive the same quality of care, if it were not for the generous support of donors, along with civic and community organizations.

For more information, millerchildrens.org/Cancer

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Sponsorship Opportunities

This year, the Torch Run celebrates its 35th Anniversary. The Torch Run is the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute’s largest fundraising event which support many patient programs and services. The generous support received from sponsors contributes to the event’s success. This funding provides important research and enables our medical professionals to provide care and treatment for patients and their families through very difficult, and life-changing challenges.

Philanthropic support helps to sustain and develop may of the critical components of the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute’s unique program, including social work, psychosocial services (school reintegration, art therapy, support groups), nutrition, and physical therapy, which comprise our comprehensive treatment and research programs. Many of the families that the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute serves would not receive the same quality of care, if it were not for the generous support of donors, sponsors, along with the civic and community organizations.

Sponsorship Opportunities

2020 Sponsorship Deck

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Volunteer

Volunteers are the backbone of the Torch Run and all are welcome to join in the fun! Our organization consists of five volunteer committees that involve hundreds of volunteers, many who have been involved for nearly 20 years. Volunteers include patients and their families, cancer survivors, hospital employees, and members of the community.

Volunteers create the colorful signs that welcome and encourage the participants as they run, walk, wheel and are carried around the course. The volunteers and the encouraging signs have become a meaningful part of this event –the Torch Run wouldn’t be the same event without their dedication and commitment.

Sign Up to Volunteer

Purchase an Event T-Shirt

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FAQs
  1. What is the Torch Run?
    Champions Run for Life “Torch Run” is an event that celebrates pediatric cancer patients in an Olympic-style relay where patient “champions” carry a torch as they walk, run, or are wheeled or carried through a one-eighth mile celebratory lap. Patients, past and present, with their friends and families cheering them on, carry and pass off a torch which is a symbol of hope for a cure. This race is full of inspirational and uplifting moments for all involved.

    This year, the Torch Run celebrates its 35th Anniversary. The Torch Run is Jonathan Jaques’ largest fundraising event which serves to support many patient programs and services. The generous support received from sponsors contributes to the event’s success, which fosters important research and enables our medical professionals to support patients and their families through very difficult and life-changing challenges.
  2. When is it?
    Saturday, June 13, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  3. Who may participate?
    Runners – Current and/or former patient families of the Jonathan Jaques Children's Institute
    Sponsors – Family, Friends, Corporations, Community Organizations, and School Communities
    Volunteers – All are Welcome
  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 $10
  7. Who can I contact for additional questions?
    Allison Moore at (562) 933-8600, or TorchRun@memorialcare.org
  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 Institute and its programs and research.
  9. What about food?
    Please feel free to bring a picnic for yourself and your family.  A snack shop will also be available to purchase light snacks and drinks.
  10. How do I support the Torch Run?
    Visit the website TorchRunOnline.org  and make an online donation and/or mail the Sponsorship Form  with a check made payable to:
    Memorial Medical Center Foundation / Torch Run
    Mail to:
      Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Institute
      Attn: Torch Run
      2801 Atlantic Avenue
      Long Beach, CA, 90806
  11. Do I have to fundraise?
    Fundraising is a great way to show support for the Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Institute, but it is not mandatory. Ask family and friends for donations through email, Facebook, and Twitter using the personal fundraising page created during online registration.
  12. Is my donation, and the donations I collect, tax-deductible?
    Yes, donations and the donations collected are tax-deductible.
    Online donors will receive an email with donation information that can be used for tax purposes. If a donor would like a copy of the tax receipt mailed, 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 follow the instructions and steps of the donation process.
  14. I made a donation online and it is not showing up on the Participant’s Fundraising page.
    Select the participant from the list of walkers, and then make the donation through his/her personal fundraising page.
    General Donations, will support the general Torch Run event fund.
    Please contact us with any questions as it’s important that the participants are 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 a fundraiser, 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 donations?
    Please send all cash and check donations to:   
        Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Institute
        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 donated. Please be sure to include contact information so that donations are properly credited. 
  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 the personal dashboard.
    Log in to ‘My Page’ with the username and password created during registration. The activity can then be viewed along with the amounts that have been donated. Select the notification box on your page and the Torch Run Event will notify you via email of all online donations.
  19. Donations I mailed in are not appearing on my personal fundraising page, why?
    It usually takes at least 7-10 days for offline donations to be received, processed, and posted to your personal fundraising page. If after that time the donation still doesn’t appear, 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, donations are accepted 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 the username and password created during registration.
    Click on the “My Page” button and then select “Edit My Web Page."
    This will enable you 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 an email will be sent with instructions on how to change the login information.
  23. Do you need volunteers for the event?
    Yes, we are always looking for enthusiastic and responsible volunteers prior to and on the date of the event. (Please remove first link and use the second)
    If you would like to volunteer, please click here to register 

For any questions, please contact Allison Moore at (562) 933-8600, or  AMoore2@memorialcare.org.

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Directions and Parking Information

Event parking will be available in The Pike Parking Garage at the discounted rate of $10 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 $10 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.


DIRECTIONS:
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.

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Contact Us

The Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute at MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach
701 E. 28th Street, Suite 202
Long Beach, CA 90806

562-933-8600

TorchRun@memorialcare.org