Michael Hoefflin 5K walk for kids with cancer

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Michael Hoefflin 5K walk for kids with cancer

BRINGING JOY: The primary goal of the nonprofit Michael Hoefflin Foundation is to help cancer-stricken kids and their families when the kids are first diagnosed. The Walk is an event to raise money for cancer research and support families through their cancer journey. Young children (like the one pictured above) were part of the crowd that participated in the  Walk.

BRINGING JOY: The primary goal of the nonprofit Michael Hoefflin Foundation is to help cancer-stricken kids and their families when the kids are first diagnosed. The Walk is an event to raise money for cancer research and support families through their cancer journey. Young children (like the one pictured above) were part of the crowd that participated in the Walk.

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BRINGING JOY: The primary goal of the nonprofit Michael Hoefflin Foundation is to help cancer-stricken kids and their families when the kids are first diagnosed. The Walk is an event to raise money for cancer research and support families through their cancer journey. Young children (like the one pictured above) were part of the crowd that participated in the Walk.

Bella Sandoval

Bella Sandoval

BRINGING JOY: The primary goal of the nonprofit Michael Hoefflin Foundation is to help cancer-stricken kids and their families when the kids are first diagnosed. The Walk is an event to raise money for cancer research and support families through their cancer journey. Young children (like the one pictured above) were part of the crowd that participated in the Walk.

Bella Sandoval, Sports Editor

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The Michael Hoefflin Foundation is a non-profit organization that assists children diagnosed with cancer and their families. For over 20 years, the Foundation has provided individualized, caring support that addresses the various ways in which life is disrupted for families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis. The aim of the Michael Hoefflin Foundation is to ensure families have what they need so that their child can concentrate on getting well. Families released dozens of white balloons before the official start, each one representing a child lost to cancer.

The ninth annual “Walk for Kids With Cancer” attracted hundreds of Santa Clarita residents to celebrate the lives of children and their families who have been affected by children’s cancer.
The Hoefflin Foundation provides grant funding for innovative pediatric cancer research, programs for outreach, family support, and public education related to childhood cancer. During the event, participants had the opportunity to join a 5K walk with the team they registered with, or to walk individually in an effort to raise funds to support the foundation. The largest team numbered over 200, a new record for the event. 2019 Walk Ambassador Kailyn Young and her parents also came onto the stage during the opening proceedings. Kailyn, who turned 5 last month, was diagnosed with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia in June of 2017, and spent a month in hospital while under treatment. Kailyn was joined by her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and close friends.

Alongside the runners Hart Cheer was there to support their coach and cheer on the runners. Hart Cheer’s JV cheer coach Erin Anderson walked the 5k with Kailyn Young the ambassador.

“Throughout this big, scary journey, the Michael Hoefflin Foundation has offered so much comfort to our little family. Since 1995, we have had thousands and thousands of volunteers, hundreds and hundreds of families, and incredible donors,” said Young.

In 2017, the event brought together over 1,000 participants and raised over $95,000 dollars, according to a previous KHTS story.

All participants received a complimentary gift, and an award is set to be given to the top individual fundraiser and top team fundraisers, according to officials.
A silent auction and raffle are set to continue during the event, with drawings later Saturday afternoon. This year, over $84,000 of the $100,000 goal had been raised as of Saturday morning, with more funds pouring in as the event continues. The total amount raised is expected to be released sometime next week.

“We feel so good because we’re helping, we’re making new friends, and we’re doing what we can as good people” Chris Hoefflin said.