Gather ’round for the ninth installment of Batfrog Fightin’ Cancer! At eight previous events we’ve managed to raise over $7000 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 21.
This year, I’ll trade you your money for my pride in the form of an KERMIT THE FROG costume! Yes, after nearly a decade, I’ll finally be running as my namesake.
$250: Kermit t-shirt
$500: Kermit hat + Kermit green clothes
$750: Kermit hat + Kermit green clothes + Kermit gloves
$1000: FULL KERMIT: Kermit plush headpiece + green clothes + gloves
$1200: add Kermit feet
$1500: look honestly I’m out of ideas, what do you want me to do for $1500? tell me and I’ll do it
$2500: I will carry a banjo and pretend to play Rainbow Connection along the race course
$5000: FULL BATFROG: I will somehow find a way to wedge my old Batman cowl over the giant Kermit head
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 Kermit?
Duh, you guys. This is Batfrog. After nearly ten years, I’m finally fulfilling the “frog” part of that. (Also, I try to pick something that won’t scare kids.)
I thought you couldn’t go as Kermit because they didn’t make a good adult Kermit costume.
You’re right! And they still don’t. SO WE’RE TAKING MATTERS INTO OUR OWN HANDS and making it ourselves. This costume is, once again, based on a vintage sewing pattern.
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 Kermit 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 Kermit 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 in a swamp/with a banjo/beneath a rainbow/other Kermit stereotype?
Can you control the weather to make a rainbow appear? I don’t know, I’ll do the best I can.
Will you bring your dog to the race?
Peng isn’t a huge fan of crowds, so probably not. Also, have you seen her walk? She’s not much of a jogger. But maybe! We’ll see how she’s doing that weekend.
Are you sold yet?