Registration is open for Cupid's Undie Run

John McDevitt
January 12, 2019 - 4:00 am
Cupid's Undie Run

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Registration is on for a brief fun run next month.

Cupid's Undie Run, a mile-long fun run and party, takes place nationwide in February as an attempt to raise funds to find a cure for a genetic tumor disorder, neurofibromatosis (NF).

NF occurs once in every 3,000 births, causing tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body.

Sandy Frenia of Doylestown and her husband, Dan, brought the undie run to Philadelphia seven years ago. Their son, Owen, who is now 14, was diagnosed with NF when he was a toddler.

"And when he was 8 years old, we found a brain tumor connected to this disorder," she said, "and he went through 68 weeks of chemotherapy. And here we are two brain surgeries later, so he has had a lot to deal with in his life. 

"He is stable right now and is just monitored very closely. But as a parent wanting to do something to fix this," she continued, "there was really nothing I could do but to come involved with the Children's Tumor Foundation," which is the race's funding research partner.

The Frenias are the Philadelphia race directors, which begins at noon on Feb. 9 at World Cafe Live.

"It's a four-hour party in your underwear," she added, "and then we throw a brief run in the middle. Some people don't even do the run."

Cupid's Undie Run began in 2010 in Washington, D.C. The nonprofit has since raised almost $17 million. All of the proceeds from the race goes to research for a cure.

You can register for the Philadelphia run here.