Gather ’round for the eighth installment of Batfrog Fightin’ Cancer! At seven previous events we’ve managed to raise over $5500 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 29.
This year, I’ll trade you your money for my pride in the form of an SNOOPY costume! Snoopy comes with some sweet, sweet alter-ego donation goals to keep us all reaching for that rainbow:
$250: Snoopy t-shirt
$500: white top & bottom (tech material) + Snoopy hat
$750: top & bottom + hat + Snoopy paws (plush gloves)
$1000: FULL SNOOPY: oversized Snoopy plush headpiece* + top & bottom + Snoopy paws
$1250: add Snoopy feet (big plush shoe covers, not sure how I’m going to run in these, should be funny)
$1500: add Snoopy’s best friend Woodstock!
*This thing is legit, I promise. We’re making it from a vintage 1991 officially licensed Peanuts costume pattern.
Snoopy Alter-Ego Levels
$2000: SNOOPY becomes the MASKED MARVEL (add black domino eye mask)
$3000: SNOOPY becomes JOE COOL (add sunglasses and a ridiculous “Joe Cool” sweatshirt)
$4000: SNOOPY becomes the FLYING ACE (add a scarf, goggles, and I will yell “curse you Red Baron!” frequently)
$5000: MAKE MY MOM RUN AS LINUS, TOO
Remember that the TEAM TOTAL is what counts for the costume level, so you can register to run with me and see this silly costume in person!
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
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.
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.
Since 2016, I’ve run the LA Cancer Challenge. 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 Snoopy?
It’s a Halloween race and the best Halloween movie or TV show ever created was obviously It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. (Also, I try to pick something that won’t scare kids.)
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 again. 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 hat levels kind of a cop out?
We’re not in college anymore. I know you suckers all have jobs now so pony up. Besides, I have a lot of faith in you all reaching the $1000 level. Please reach that level. I already started making the Snoopy head.
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. I can basically guarantee nobody else will be in a giant Snoopy head, though.
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 on top of a dog house?
Do people still have dog houses? I don’t know, I’ll do the best I can.
Are you sold yet?