Distance won't keep us from cures

At the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) we are particularly concerned for vulnerable populations during the current health crisis, especially those with a cancer diagnosis. These are the people for whom we dedicate our work to every day---but we need your help to continue to do so.

Whether you face a cancer diagnosis, care for a loved one with cancer, or just want to do whatever you can to protect vulnerable communities, here is a safe and fun opportunity to help from the comfort of your own home or neighborhood…

The AACR Virtual Fitness Challenge

The AACR Virtual Fitness Challenge is a new and innovative way to stay fit, be socially responsible and benefits those who need it the most. Your participation helps ensure that the important work of the AACR and our more than 47,000 members continues.

Stay connected with the AACR and like-minded fitness enthusiasts all while doing socially-distanced workouts for a great cause!

Who: YOU! Invite your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to take part in the challenge (from a safe distance) or donate to your fundraiser.

What: Set a goal to run, walk, bike, or do other fitness activities. Track your progress on your favorite wearable tracker or on the Charity Footprints app.

Where: The AACR Virtual Fitness Challenge takes place where you are---your home, your neighborhood

When: The Challenge runs from June 1 to June 30, 2020, but you can join at any time---after all, your fitness goal is determined by you.

Not a runner? Not a problem.

You can participate in the AACR Virtual Fitness Challenge by running, walking, hiking, jumping rope, or anything else to get your heart rate up!

For wellness activities that cannot be measured in miles, please refer to the mileage conversion chart below. Don’t see your favorite activity? Simply use the activities listed as a guide (we trust you to use your discretion!)

Activities can be tracked via Apple Watch, Fitbit, Garmin, Misfit, Android wearables, Charity Footprints or Strava iOS/Android mobile applications, or can be manual entered through the campaign website. Any fitness activity will be recorded by the device as steps, additional activities can be converted using the following chart.

Time spent equals 1 mile:

Choose your favorite activity and take part wherever you are!

Prizes if you fundraise (in addition to your registration fee):

• $50, you receive an AACR Virtual Fitness Challenge tech shirt (based on availability)
• $75, you receive an AACR Runners for Research hat
• $125, you receive an AACR Runners for Research hoodie
• $300, you receive an AACR Runners for Research backpack

Will you join us?

Our Goal:

• You have from June 1- June 30 to rack up those miles and raise those dollars!
• Your personal mileage goal is up to you.
• Our collective goal is to raise $75,000 and reach a collective 5,000 miles (approximately 10,000,000 steps). Your fundraising will help us achieve this goal and funds go to the AACR to fund lifesaving cancer research.
COMPLETED: 19,754,246 steps
TARGET: 10,000,000 steps
RAISED: $ 140,835
TARGET: $ 75,000
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, collaboration, science policy and advocacy, and funding for cancer research. Through its programs and services, the AACR fosters research in cancer and related biomedical science; accelerates the dissemination of new research findings among scientists and others dedicated to the conquest of cancer; promotes science education and training; and advances the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world.

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The AACR takes great care in placing your donation where it truly belongs: in the hands of scientists working on breakthroughs in cancer research. 88 cents of every dollar raised directly supports cancer research.
What is Charity Footprints?

Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.

Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.

What is the campaign registration fee?

Campaign registration fee is the amount that you'll need to pay to enroll in this virtual race. This fee (less transaction charges) will go to the non-profit running this campaign as a donation.

The registration fee along with the funds raised through your individual fundraising page will enable the non-profit to fund various programs and pursue their organization's mission.

How can I create my fundraising page?

Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.

How will I track my distance?

You can track your workouts by setting up your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), or download the Charity Footprints' iOS or Android app and track your workouts toward this campaign. ?>

If you workout indoors (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike etc.), you can upload your workouts here.

How do I join a team on this campaign?

While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #GetFitGiveBack with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.

I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?

All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.

Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?

The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.

That said, there are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.

Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.

Who can I contact if I need help?

You can contact us any time if you need help. We love hearing from our users so please don't hesitate to write to us about issues, suggestions, or to just say hi. You can also contact the non-profit administrator directly if you would like.

How do I change or switch my team?

If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.