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Fall Theater Benefit

Join us on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, for our Fall Theater Benefit featuring a preview performance of Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin’s new play, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher and starring two-time Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch.

Guests attending the Benefit will have the opportunity to meet young scientists funded by Damon Runyon during our pre-theater dinner at Hunt & Fish Club.  Tickets are $600.  For more information or to reserve tickets for this Theater Benefit, please contact Kim Kubert, Director of Special Events, at or 212.455.0501.

Runyon Up at Salesforce Tower


On Sunday, October 21, 2018, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, in partnership with Boston Properties and Salesforce, hosted Runyon Up, the first stair climb to be held at Salesforce Tower, the tallest building in San Francisco.  More than 450 supporters helped raise over $212,000 by taking part in this unique vertical challenge at the newly opened 61-story building.  100% of donations raised will fund cutting-edge research by brilliant, early career scientists.

Many thanks to our presenting sponsor, Equinix, and to all the Runyon Up partners, climbers, donors and volunteers who helped us reach new heights in the fight against cancer!

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William Raveis Ride + Walk

The fourth annual William Raveis Ride + Walk, held at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Connecticut, on September 30, is expected to raise more than $500,000 for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Over the past four years, the event has raised nearly $2 million for Damon Runyon.

The family-friendly event featured a 5K walk, children’s dash, and 12-mile, 15-mile and 50-mile bike rides, as well as a live performance by legendary band The Wailers. 100% of all donations raised by participants will directly support the best young cancer researchers in the nation.

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Annual Breakfast

New York’s leading business people and philanthropists come together each year to raise funds in support of innovative cancer research.

Held at a premier New York City location, our Annual Breakfast gives guests the chance to learn about the important work of our scientists and network with well-known New Yorkers – all before the work day starts.

This year, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation's Annual Breakfast was held on June 6 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York and raised more than $2.65 million, a record for the event. Leon G. Cooperman, Chairman and CEO of Omega Advisors, Inc., was honored for his longstanding commitment to investing in new generations of innovative researchers. 

Guests heard from William G. Kaelin, Jr., MD, Professor of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Damon Runyon Board member and Vice Chair of Scientific Programs, on the importance of our Physician-Scientist Training Award program, which recruits recent medical school graduates into cancer research.

Damon Runyon Physician-Scientists Melody Smith, MD, from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Kristopher R. Bosse, MD, from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, gave updates on improving the outcomes for bone marrow transplants and new targeted therapy for pediatric neuroblastoma, respectively.

View speeches from the 2018 Breakfast here

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Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium: Run/Walk for Cancer Research


The 10th annual Damon Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium was held on Sunday, April 15, 2018

Nearly 2,300 runners, walkers, cancer survivors, and their friends and family members gathered at Yankee Stadium to raise funds for cancer research.  One of New York’s most unique fundraising events, the Runyon 5K is the only charitable run/walk that uses the iconic Stadium as its course. 100% of donations raised by Runyon 5K participants will directly support the innovative young scientists funded by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Since inception, the event has raised more than $5 million.

Many thanks to our presenting sponsor MetLife Foundation and to all the Runyon 5K participants, supporters and volunteers who made our 10th year a home run for cancer research!

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