Gather ’round for the seventh installment of Batfrog Fightin’ Cancer, returning from 2015’s hibernation. At six previous events we’ve managed to raise over $4500 for pancreatic cancer research! Not bad for a bunch of cheap college students and post-grads.
This year’s event is the Hirshberg Foundation’s LA Cancer Challenge 5K, being held at UCLA on Sunday, October 30.
This year, I’ll trade you your money for my pride in the form of an OSCAR THE GROUCH costume! Oscar comes with some sweet, sweet bonus donation goals to keep us all reaching for that rainbow:
All levels include me saying well-intentioned grouchy things to strangers all day.
$250: green bottoms + an Oscar the Grouch t-shirt
$500: Oscar-green costume top & bottom + Oscar the Grouch sunglasses
$750: top & bottom + sunglasses + Grouch feet (shoe covers)
$1000: FULL GROUCH: oversized Oscar the Grouch plush headpiece + top & bottom + Grouch feet
$1250: add Oscar’s best friend, Slimey the Worm
$1500: Slimey will also hand out actual gummy worms
$2000: ADD A TRASH CAN
Pancreatic cancer has a five-year survival rate of just 7% and is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the US. The average life expectancy after diagnosis is three to six months.
I cover all event fees and costume expenses so 100% of your generous donations can fund research and provide support for pancreatic cancer patients and caregivers.
Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t remember you doing this on Halloween weekend before.
That isn’t a question and I won’t respond to it.
Is this a different charity than the one you used to fundraise for?
Yes, I used to run PurpleStride events hosted by PanCAN. After the last event I ran with them in 2014, I became aware of some things about the charity I don’t really like (coughCancer Treatment Centers of America sponsorshipcough) and found a better pancreatic cancer research charity to support.
This race is organized by and directly benefits the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. They started out by funding two projects at UCLA and now fund a whole bunch of other stuff. They also provide aid grants to patients.
Hirshberg is a 501(c)3 non-profit, so your donations are still tax deductible.
Are you still running in memory of the same people as before?
Yes, except this stupid disease keeps killing more people, so now I’m running in memory of even more people. Give me money so this stops happening.
Why did you pick Oscar the Grouch?
This hasn’t been my greatest year so I’ve decided to just lean into it and go full Grouch. Also, his sidekick is a worm named Slimey who once went into space with his worm friends, and that’s pretty great.
How come you’ve gone as Batman before but not Kermit the Frog?
Someday, when they start manufacturing an adult Kermit the Frog costume that doesn’t look like absolute junk, I will go as Kermit the Frog. I checked. This year is not that year.
Will you run the entire 5K in costume?
I will run or walk the entire length of the 5k course in costume. My pace will be determined by how many costume pieces I have on and how restrictive they are.
Aren’t the t-shirt and sunglasses levels kind of a cop out?
We’re not in college anymore. I know you suckers all have jobs now so pony up. Also, the sunglasses are actually pretty awesome. Besides, I have a lot of faith in you all reaching the $1000 level.
Can I register on your team and run with you?
HELL YES. Click here to join my fundraising team, Team Superweirdos. Your registration fee counts towards our team total.
Do you use the team total or your personal total to determine the costume level?
I use the team total.
Can I give you a cash or check donation the next time I see you?
Yes, but please let me know you plan to do this so I can count it toward the total dollar amount. Also, if you give me cash I can’t give you a receipt so you won’t be able to write it off on your taxes. If you donate online, it goes straight from you to Hirshberg so it’s tax deductible.
This is a Halloween weekend race, so won’t lots of other people be in costume, too?
Yes. If this upsets you, my only advice is never let someone else’s life choices ruin your magic.
What do I get for making a donation?
Oh my friend, many great things.
- The almighty sense of self-satisfaction.
- The joy of seeing me in a dumb costume.
- Lots of crazy pictures from race day.
- A Batfrog Christmas card.
Will you take a photo inside an actual trash can?
Depends on the trash can.
Is the trash can at the $2000 level an actual trash can?
I haven’t thought this level through well enough to answer this question. I will say that it’s pretty much impossible to run in a real metal trash can, but I’ll see what I can do.
Are you sold yet?