Runners Descend on Yankee Stadium for Cancer Research - NBC New York

Runners Descend on Yankee Stadium for Cancer Research



    About 4,000 people showed up to run or walk at Yankee Stadium for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. It was a chance for Yankees fans to run the field and warning track while raising money for cancer research. (Published Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011)

    Nearly 4,000 runners descended on Yankee Stadium Sunday to raise money for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

    Yankees fans, cancer survivors and their supporters participated in the third annual run for the charity, which funds top young scientists in the country.

    The foundation is "all about supporting the next superstars in cancer research that are going to find the new breakthroughs against the disease," said executive director Lorraine Egan.

    The race takes place inside the stadium, with participants running through concourses, out on the field on and on the warming track. They can see themselves on the stadium Jumbotron as they run the race.

    The event is now on track to reach a total of $1 million to fund cancer research.

    Damon Runyon was a New York writer who began his career as a baseball journalist, revolutionizing how the game was reported and often covering Yankees games.