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Runyon Up at Salesforce Tower

Step up for cancer research on Sunday, October 21, 2018!  Thanks to the generosity of Boston Properties, Salesforce and our Presenting Sponsor, Equinix, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation will host the first charitable stair climb to be held at the new 61-story Salesforce Tower – the tallest building in San Francisco.  Learn more and register today at!

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William Raveis Ride + Walk

The William Raveis Charitable Fund will host the fourth annual William Raveis Ride + Walk benefiting the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, CT, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This family and community fundraising event includes a 5K walk, a 12-mile, 25-mile and 50-mile bike ride, and a children’s 100-yard dash.  Following the walk, rides and dash, there will be food, music and kids’ activities.  100% of all donations raised by participants benefit the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

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Annual Breakfast to Support Cancer Research

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

For more information, contact Kim Kubert, Director of Special Events, at 212.455.0501 or

Theater Benefits to Fund Cancer Research

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation's Spring Theater Benefit was held on Thursday, May 17, 2018, and featured a preview performance of THE BOYS IN THE BAND, the groundbreaking comic drama starring four-time Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”), Emmy nominee Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, “American Horror Story”), Golden Globe Award winner Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart, “White Collar”) and two-time Tony Award nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, “Girls”). 

Guests had the opportunity to meet several Damon Runyon scientists at our pre-theater dinner and hear firsthand how their donations help achieve breakthroughs in how we diagnose, treat and prevent all forms of cancer.

For more information regarding our Theater Benefits, please call 212.455.0501 or email

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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