PHILADELPHIA — Some people kept with the usual Valentine’s Day traditions: exchanging cards, giving gifts such as fresh flowers or chocolates, or maybe a romantic candlelight dinner with their sweetheart. But others, like the 900 brave souls at XFinity Live! in Philadelphia, stripped down to their skivvies to run in the snow Saturday afternoon.
The four-hour party with a “brief” run, about half a mile, raised money for The Children’s Tumor Foundation, an organization dedicated to ending Neurofibromatosis (NF) through research. There is no cure for NF, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body.
This was the first year of participation for Marlton resident Terri Wilson, whose 8-year-old daughter, Ella, was diagnosed with NF when she was five. Her team “Hope for Ella” raised more than $16,000 over the past month.
“Cold, snowy, invigorating, for the best cause in the world,” said Andrew Adelman, CEO of Devotion Vodka, a sponsor for the “Hope for Ella” team, after running 2 laps around the XFinity Live! parking lot in red boxer shorts as a light snow fell and the 15 mph winds made the 28-degree temperature feel more like 15 degrees.
The “Hope for Ella” team finished second to “I See Philly!” which raised over $30,000.
Cupid’s Undie Run – Philadelphia raised over $200,000.
If you would like to make a donation go to www.cupidsundierun.com.