CLEVELAND — Hundreds of runners hit the streets Saturday afternoon and braved freezing temperatures while wearing minimal clothing to support Cupid’s Undie Run — a race that benefits neurofibromatosis research.
Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body.
According to the event’s website, “neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic tumor disorder that affects 1 in every 3,000 births.”
For anyone curious as to why runners who participate wear minimal clothing, it's to show support for individuals who can’t cover up with clothing to hide their disorder.
According to the event's website:
"We run in our undies because those affected by NF can’t cover up their tumors. They can’t put on clothes to feel more comfortable, so why should we? Since 2010, we have brought together over 89,000 undie runners to build a community of supporters that just won’t quit. Our community has raised over $16.9 million since the inception of Cupid’s Undie Run, with 100% of net proceeds funding NF research, through our partner the Children’s Tumor Foundation. And we are seeing real results, including a ground-breaking clinical trial where 70% of participants experienced 20-50% tumor reduction! But we aren’t even close to being done, and we won’t stop until we #EndNF."
The nonprofit has raised more than $16 million since 2010 with 100 percent of the net proceeds benefiting the Children's Tumor Foundation.
For more information about Cupid's Charity, click here.