How We Got Our Start

The Honored Hero Run - How We Got Our Start...

Our Purpose
The Honored Hero Run is a collective endeavor, by a group of local leaders and friends, to bring the community together in an effort to raise awareness of and funds for blood cancer research, while honoring those who have battled or are currently battling blood cancer.

The roots of the Honored Hero Run (HHR) stem from a small race that was first run in October of 2008.  HHR came to life in 2009 as a grassroots effort by a group of local leaders and friends who convened to create an event that would bring the community together in a collective effort to raise awareness of and funds for blood cancer research, while honoring those who have battled or are currently battling blood cancer.  

Our Goal

The goal of the Honored Hero Run Board of Directors is to put on a one-of-a-kind event that will offer a community atmosphere for individuals and families while raising funds for blood cancer research. Since 2009, the Honored Hero Run has donated over $118,000 To the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Each year the HHR Board of Directors visits local hospitals; Cook Children’s and Medical City Dallas, offering the opportunity to young cancer patients to enter a logo contest. This opportunity allows our community to truly be a part of the event on an ongoing basis and brings to light all the heroes we honor at the race. Winners are awarded a certificate from the HHR and are invited to attend the race as VIPs. Without the support of fundraising events, like the Honored Hero Run, LLS’s funding for many cutting-edge projects could not be done.

Why the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency committed to finding cures and better treatments for blood cancer patients. With this singular objective since 1949, LLS funds the most promising investigations anywhere, unrestricted by profit potential or geography. LLS has invested more than $1 billion in research. Approximately $79.8 million was donated in fiscal year 2014 alone, which includes funding for 106 new grants to researchers in academic institutions. More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or myeloma. Every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, someone dies. Research funded by LLS has led or contributed to advances such as chemotherapy, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation and new, targeted oral therapies such as Gleevec®, Rituxan®, Velcade®, Thalidomid®, Revlimid®, Dacogen® and Vidaza®.

About the Event

The HHR starts at the Trinity Park Shelter House, off of West 7th, and offers a course meandering along the Trinity Trails.  Four distances; 20-mile, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K are offered to participants, as well as a Family Kids Run (1K).  After completing their event, participants receive HHR medals, engraved with the logo winner’s artwork, and are welcomed to the official finish area.  The HHR boasts a vast finish line spread of food and local vendors who offer everything from chiropractic consultations, massages, free food samples and information on sports nutrition.  We also provide a kids area to keep the event family friendly.  The kids area includes a bounce house, clowns, face painting and other kid-friendly activities for our younger attendees.    

Get Involved
Here are just a few of the many ways to get involved and become a part of the HHR community:

Participate in the Event – Register Now

This is a fun, family-friendly event.  We were even voted ‘Best Kids Race’ – Competitor Magazine 2014!

Become a Volunteer – Register as a Volunteer

We absolutely could not make this event happen without our volunteers.  Whether you prefer to cheer on the racers, hand out water at water stations, help out with the kids area or all of the above…we need you!

Sponsor the Event – Download a Sponsor Packet
Our generous sponsors have made it possible to increase the amount we are able to donate to LLS every year.  And we make sure everyone knows their name.  :)

Get the Word Out – ‘Like’ us on Facebook
This is a great event for a great cause.  Help us by sharing our event with your friends and family.  Or for even more fun, organized a team to participate in this year’s event…don’t forget the costumes

2014 Contribution to the Leukemia, Lymphoma Society: $30,350

Cumulative 6-year Contribution: $118,000

Voted Best Kids Race - 2014 Competitor Magazine 

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