- In 1982 Nancy Brinker promised her sister, Susan, that her death from breast cancer would not be in vain. Today the Susan Koman organization brings in $275 million a year for research.
- In 1988 Bruce Cleland decided to train a team to run the New York Marathon to raise money for his daughter battling leukemia. Today Team in Training has raised $900 million for Leukemia research.
- In 2000, 4 year old cancer patient Alexandra "Alex" Scott said she would help her doctors find a cure with money from a lemonade stand. Over the next 4 years until her death, she raised over $1 million. Since then, there have been over 8,000 "Alex's Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer", raising over $20 million for childhood cancer.
- In 2000, on St. Patrick's Day, a group decided to shave their heads in solidarity for kids with cancer. They called it St. Baldricks. Today St. Baldricks has shaved 71,000 heads and raised $50 million for childhood cancer research.
- In 2001, 17 year old cancer patient Alicia DiNatale felt out of place with all the younger children on the cancer floor. She created an idea for a "hang out" room in the hospital, exclusively for teen patients and their friends. Since then her foundation has installed 42 teen rooms is hospitals around the country.
Oh yes, I said I had a third goal for the race. It was the most important goal of all. To cross the finish line in front of a strong, healthy, cancer-free Tyler Alfriend. The road to victory will often lead straight through Hell. But victory indeed is here. Thank you for all the prayers and support.