John Shapiro’s Superheroes 5K is a tribute to the memory of a courageous little boy who lost his battle to brain cancer in August, 2011 at the age of six. John bravely battled his cancer, enduring four difficult years of surgeries and treatments with a strong resolve and a positive attitude. John touched and inspired so many lives with his engaging and heartwarming approach to life, leaving lasting memories with all those he encountered. John truly was a Superhero – please come to celebrate his life and memory at the Superheroes 5K.
All proceeds from the event will go to the John Shapiro Superheroes Foundation and will benefit local families with children battling cancer.
Why is this foundation so important?
Childhood Cancer Statistics:
• 15,700 kids in the US diagnosed annually
• 43 children each day
• 80% 5 year survival rate
• 12% or nearly 2000 per year will not survive
• 60% suffer Late Effects such as secondary cancer, muscle difficulties, and infertility
• Childhood cancer affects all ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic groups
• Average age at diagnosis is 6 years old
• Greater than 40,000 children undergo treatment each year
• There are almost 375,000 adult survivors of pediatric cancer, 1 in 530 of adults ages 20-39