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Participate in Our First-Ever Virtual Torch Run

Register today to be a part of history, reconnect with friends and celebrate our patients.

Let’s Get Fired Up!

Watch as our care team, patients and families share a little motivation for why your participation in Torch Run matters.

Pass the Torch

There are so many ways for you to get involved in Torch Run. Learn how you can join today!

Options to Participate

Be a Runner / Walker

Current patients, survivors and families honoring loved ones can run, walk, wheel or be carried in a place that feels safest for them. Runners can have their family and friends show their support by walking or running together. Run as an individual, join a team or create a team.

Runners will capture their lap on a digital device and submit the video. Once you register, a member of our volunteer committee will reach out to you to coordinate a delivery of your torch and assist in filming your run. Your video will be included in a compilation that will be featured during the virtual Torch Run on Saturday, July 31. Please find film guidelines in the Event Resources section below.

The deadline to register as a runner/walker is Thursday, July 1.

While fundraising is an option for runners/walkers, you’re not required to fundraise. However, if you or your team fundraise $1,500 or more, you will reach our sponsorship level and receive exciting benefits!


Create a fundraising page as an individual, make a fundraising team or join an existing team. Your efforts can change the life of a child affected by cancer or serious blood disorder. If you have been looking for a way to make a difference, here is your chance! If your team raises $1,500 or more, you will reach our sponsorship level and receive exciting benefits!


Torch Run supports comprehensive care, research and support programs for more than 800 children each year. These programs, include psychology, social work, late effects, survivorship care, sibling activities, school re-integration, art therapy, child life and research. Any amount small or big helps. However, if you donate $1,500 or more, you will reach our sponsorship level and receive exciting benefits!


In honor of this year’s 35th Anniversary, sponsors — Bronze level and above — will have an opportunity to leave their mark at the brand-new Cherese Mari Laulhere Children’s Village. The Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute has a dedicated clinic suite in the Children’s Village. Patients also have access to rehabilitation gyms, imaging, pharmacy and other medical support services in one convenient location.

For any questions regarding donations to the event, fundraising opportunities, and sponsorships, please contact the MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach Foundation at (562) 933-4483 or


Volunteers can participate by filming themselves carrying signs and cheering on patients on their digital devices. Your video may be added to the video compilation to help patients get “fired up” on the day of Torch Run. This is just one of the many ways that volunteers are needed to help make our virtual Torch Run special for patients. Email or call (562) 933-8605 to lend a helping hand.

Event Resources

Brochure      Filming Guidelines

Torch Run - 35 years in the Making

The Torch Run is an Olympic-style relay race and every year attendees witness inspirational and uplifting moments. This event also gives families looking to honor the memories of their loved ones that have lost their battle to cancer or serious blood disorder the opportunity to celebrate their life.

  • Inaugural Champions Run for Life (Torch Run)
    is Held in Long Beach, 1986

  • Torch Run 2007

  • Torch Run 2008

  • Torch Run 2011

  • Torch Run 2012

  • Torch Run 2012

  • Torch Run 2013

  • Torch Run 2013

  • Torch Run 2013

  • Torch Run 2014

  • Torch Run 2015

  • Torch Run 2015

  • Torch Run 2016

  • Torch Run 2016

  • Torch Run 2017

  • Torch Run 2017

  • Torch Run 2018

  • Torch Run 2018

  • Torch Run 2019

  • Torch Run 2019

Thank you to Our Sponsors

Our sponsors make a difference. We are so grateful for their support. The impact of your commitment to helping and strengthening the lives of patients and families affected by cancer and serious blood disorders will last a lifetime. From the bottom of our torches, thank you.

35th Anniversary Sponsor

Richard & Cindy Farber – In honor of George & Shirley Bender, Deborah Bender-Rose and Dr. Jerry Z. Finklestein

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Doug & Susan Jaques
Friends & Family of Hannah Butler

Silver Sponsors

Friends & Family of Matt Johnson
Bill Butler & Christine Cameron – In honor of Hannah Butler

Bronze Sponsors

Richard & Cindy Farber
Waxman Family Team – In honor of Becca Waxman

JZF Champions

Mr. & Mrs. William Clark
Mary & Joe Cuseo – In honor of Tony Cuseo
Deborah Finklestein – In honor of Jerry Z. Finklestein, MD
Marilyn Finklestein – In honor of Jerry Z. Finklestein, MD
Ellen Geminder – In honor of Jerry Z. Finklestein, MD
Dr. & Mrs. Ramesh Patel
Novo Nordisk

Partial Sponsors

Friends & Family of Kendyl Price
Friends & Family of Mailia Sato