can be found on the In-Person 5K page ➤.
The Candy Land Kids Zone is a magical experience for children of all ages who enjoy participating in the LA Cancer Challenge. Decorated with giant life-sized lollipops, chocolate kisses and gum drops, this whimsical play space includes Halloween crafts, face painting, bounce houses and snacks for kids and parents. Children are also invited to show off their Halloween Costumes early and take a photo in front of our giant lollipop display. The Candy Land Kids Zone is a fun and interactive Halloween playground where kids can get an early start celebrating this fun holiday.
Bring your little ones or big kids (ages 2-11 years) to participate in our LACC Kids Costume Parade! They’ll enjoy a moment in the spotlight and get to show off their creative Halloween attire. Kiddos should meet at the main stage at 10:15 am. After the parade, Adults can show off their most thrilling, fantastical, or dazzling costumes and enter the LACC Costume Contest! Join us at the main stage at 10:30 am, where our LACC audience will be the judges and prizes will be awarded.
7-under, 8-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+
Custom Winners Medals will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each age category for the 5K. In addition to our medals, overall 1st - 3rd place male & female winners for the 5K will receive prizes.
1st Place Male & Female = $50 Big 5 Sporting Goods Gift Card
2nd Place Male & Female = $35 Big 5 Sporting Goods Gift Card
3rd Place Male & Female = $25 Big 5 Sporting Goods Gift Card
In addition to the individual running awards, we also award plaques to the fastest 3 teams in the 5K. Team scores are based on the fastest combined time of the top 5 finishers per team. There are additional team contests for fundraising.
The LACC Honorary Medical Chair position is awarded to a professional whose exemplary work in pancreatic cancer has benefited both medical and patient communities.
Miklos Sahin-Toth, MD, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Chair of the Hirshberg Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board and oversees the Hirshberg Seed Grant Program. Dr. Sahin-Toth is a world-renowned expert in the area of the pancreas disorders with a focus on genetic risk factors in chronic pancreatitis. It is a pleasure to honor him and have him helming the UCLA Health team at this year’s LACC.
The LACC Honorary Starter is a special honor we bestow each year on a pancreatic cancer survivor who has shown great courage, strength and positivity throughout their cancer journey.
Roberta Luna, a 21-year pancreatic cancer survivor, vocal advocate, dear friend of the Foundation and podcast-host, will be this year’s Honorary Starter. For over two decades, Roberta and her beloved husband Vic have been on a crusade to embrace patients and caregivers on their cancer journey while giving back to their community. Today, Roberta instills hope in newly diagnosed patients and long-term survivors alike through her podcast, Living Hope. It is a privilege to have her speak and blow the start horn on event morning.
Denise Dador is the Eyewitness News Health Specialist whose “Circle of Health” reports can be seen on ABC7 Eyewitness News at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Since joining ABC7 in 1998, Denise’s mission has been to help Southern Californians improve their lives with timely medical information and advice. Through her reports, L.A’s top medical experts become accessible and relatable. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, her stories played a pivotal role in helping Angelenos navigate their changing world. Besides volunteering to help groups that fund medical research and patient care, Denise also represents KABC in her work with various Asian Pacific Islander and Filipino- American community organizations.
Denise grew up in San Francisco. She attended Long Island University in Brooklyn and graduated from Mills College with a degree in communication. At WXYZ-TV in Detroit, she anchored the weekend news and hosted a weekly talk show. At KMPH in Fresno, she was the main anchor of their 10pm news.
Denise has received numerous journalism and community service awards including national recognition for her work with Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches. She received Emmy awards for News Feature Reporting and Outstanding Children’s Programming.
Outside of work, Denise is a wife and mother of a teen-aged son and daughter who both have big dreams. While she would like to say she is an avid runner or skier, streaming historical documentaries and period dramas has become her latest obsession.