"I have scored many goals in my soccer career but scoring a goal with all of you for children with cancer is definitely the best! I am proud to join Children's Cancer Research Fund and be a part of a team that will ensure that our children have a bright future."
Co-Captain, Kids 4 Kids National Spokespersons' Team
"With your help, together we CAN continue to run, snore and De"FEET" cancer for kids. Snoring is my way of scoring for the kids because I will not be able to be there with you at the RUN/WALK. So, with our feet on the ground, or our feet tucked in bed, we can join doctors throughout the country and wipeout childhood cancer!"
Co-Captain, Kids 4 Kids National Spokespersons' Team
Three cheers for the Penhall Company!
Team Wedbush setting the pace!
CUTE – he finished the race, time to hydrate!
Keeping pace with Team Carlthorp School!
Jaden Levinson leads our runners in singing the National Anthem
Emcees Drake Kemper and Jilian Clare pose with our young medal winner!
Three cheers for Drake Johnston!
Warming up with Radio Disney!
One and, two and...
Reach for the stars!
Amp Radio laying down the beats!
Thank you to our incredible team of volunteers
(all 125 of them!)
Thank you to our amazing "ALL STAR" team!
Thank you to the talented Harvard-Westlake Middle School Jazz Explorers who kept the audience rocking!
Our friends at Gold Arrow Camp
Up and onwards!
Catching waves in downtown LA!
Thank you to our very special group of friends and superstar ticket sellers
Thanks to our runners from St. Timothy School!
Reaching new heights with Ziffren Brittenham LLP!
"Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck joined us again in 2013 and added laughter and smiles as they led the team through the race. And...Thank You to all of you who joined the Kids 4 Kids Team. Together, we are the Most Valuable Players when it comes to helping children with cancer – THANK YOU!"Matti Contopulos
Kids possess a uniquely powerful spirit of hope and an untarnished belief that their wildest dreams can be accomplished, whether it's becoming President of the United States, or finding a cure for cancer. Children's Cancer Research Fund (CCRF) Founder/President Matti Contopulos believes there's a kid in all of us and created the annual Kids 4 Kids RUN/WALK.
The concept for Kids 4 Kids RUN/WALK evolved from important changes Matti has seen over the years in children's awareness of cancer and the incredible generosity from kids of all ages wanting to help kids with cancer. "Countless times we've experienced amazing examples of hope and determination in children whether they were patients battling cancer or determined children who emptied their own piggybanks to make a donation to our organization," said Matti. This is a spectacular Event as kids of ALL ages from throughout Southern California participate in a truly fun Event with a very special mission: to create a HAPPIER and HEALTHIER future for all children. With the monies raised, HAPPIER will be supplies for the arts and crafts programs at Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camps, and HEALTHIER will be the funding of new grants in clinical research in pediatric oncology. There is no RUN/WALK like this in the country and we feel it has become a national campaign with an incredible impact on pediatric cancer, having raised over $1.85 million in the first seven years. For the doctors tackling research, for the children and families dealing with cancer, and for our Most Valuable Players (YOU) who are participating...this promises to be an incredible Event for all.
Some of Drake's recent credits include: The Wedding Band, Untitled Disney Project, Crazy For The Boys, and a National Jack In The Box Loaded Breakfast Sandwich Commercial.
Drake has also turned his Love for driving into a second career as a Driving Instructor for Skip Barber Racing schools at Laguna SECA, he continues to race in the POC winning multiple Cup races and setting several track records in his class. Drake will also be racing nationally on the 2013 Mazda MX5 Pro-Cup Racing circuit, and is a licensed Stunt Driver.
"I am honored and ecstatic to be the "ALL STAR" Team Captain for the Kids 4 Kids RUN/WALK. I look forward to joining all of you and together we can take big steps to help De"FEET" Cancer!"
"That's My Boy"
Zach Callison has appeared as Steven in Steven's Universe, Prince James in Disney's new Sofia the First, and is part of the class of "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?"
Jennessa Rose has voiced over 40 films, many tv shows, radio and tv spots. Some of her credits are: "Odd Life of Timothy Green", Crazy Stupid Love, and Little Miss Sunshine.
Tarik Ellinger has appeared in Blake Shelton's NBC Christmas Special, and he is a Series Regular on The Division and Lead in Carnieville.
Temara Melek is a recording artist and songwriter with two music videos out. She is working on her newest song, Cali Skies, and will be opening in concert next month.
Michael Angeloe is the new model for ooShirts. As an actor, he is the lead in the international film Abandoned and he starred in Disneyland's Kids of the Future.
Tyler Champagne is currently a SERIES REGULAR on The Client List where he plays the role of Jennifer Love Hewitt's son, Travis Parks.
Brandon Tyler Russell will be seen in the upcoming film, Wiener Dog Nationals, and also starred in the 2012 film, Smitty.
Isabella Palmieri is 15 and is best known as Natalie Snyder on As The World Turns. She recently guest starred on Good Luck Charlie, as well as on Happy Endings.
Elise Luthman is the young lead in the 2013 film Play James Play. She has been seen on Wendell & Vinnie, Desperate Housewives, The Middle, New Girl and Rules of Engagement.
Evie Louise Thomspon can currently be seen in theaters in the thriller The Call with Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin. And coming in August she will be in the feature 2 Guns with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.
Joey Luthman has been seen on Eleventh Hour, October Road, Ghost Whisperer, Private Practice, The Forgotten, and Mad Men.
Drake Johnston is an athlete, musician and actor. He has been seen in multiple commercials, including Apple, EA Games, Comcast, and has appeared in films and TV shows such as Within, Six Feet Under, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jakob Feldman is an actor and a 2012 5x CA Coastal Champion. Jakob just competed at Junior Olympics and at Winter Age Group Championship in Las Vegas. He has a documentary currently being filmed about his amazing career.
Justin Tinucci recently appeared in the Muppets Movie and has a feature film Goat Island with Val Kilmer set to release in 2013. He is also known for his roles on popular television shows such as Big Love and iCarlyand plays lead guitar with his teen band "Like Our Last".
Abi Ann Hoffman is a multi-talented singer and actress. She claimed the role of Young Cosette in a five star production of Les Miserables, and productions of Narnia and A Christmas Carol.
Malyssa Therese Martinez is an actress, singer and songwriter who has written and recorded original songs working on music with executive producer and POP icon, Deborah Gibson.
Jillian Clare Stars on the big screen in the soon to be released features The Kitchen and Project Blue Book, plus regularly on Nickelodeon as mean girl Haley Ferguson on Victorious' Freak the Freak Out.
Olivia Rose Keegan can be seen in the new Disney pilot Bits and Pieces and just finished filming Decoding Annie Parker with Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton, Maggie Grace.
Evan Hofer can currently be seen in his recurring regular role of Randy on Disney XD's Kickin' It, and in his spare time he heavily supports anti-bullying campaigns including "My Life, My Power".
Saige Ryan Campbell is an actress, singer and rapper with the popular girl group "Pink E Swear" signed to a major record label. She is a series regular on a new series based on the group.
Danika Yarosh can be seen in the role of Irene in the upcoming feature film Tar opposite Mila Kunis, James Franco and Zach Braff. She recently finished filming the feature film Retribution.
Brett DelBuono has appeared in the horror cult favorite movie Let Me In and the yet to be released features The Insomniac and It's Dark Here. Brett will soon be seen on the AMC hit series Mad Men.
Olivia Grace is an established actress and model who has appeared on the cover of well known magazines and in many national advertisements. Her voice can be heard in the new Disney animated series Sophia The First.
Taylor Hay is a fourteen year old actress and cancer survivor. She is best known for her work in the Tim Burton animated special Yes, Virginia and she will also be seen in the upcoming movie Wish Wizard with Morgan Freeman.
Mikayla Shae Chapman has appeared on The Bonnie Hunt Show for Carol Burnett's 72nd birthday, can be seen in the new TV web-series CandyLand and has done voice over for the soon to be released films Baby Geniuses 4 and 5.
Shayna Brooke Chapman is known for her role as "Kale" in the new TV web-series CandyLand, for the voice of "Gabby" and "Rasheeda" in the soon to be released Baby Geniuses films 3, 4, and 5, and the role of "Young Bee" on the new TV web-series Funny Days.