The RFA 5K & Fun Run, founded as Running for Answers by desmoid tumor patient Sera Snyder in 2009, is our annual signature fundraising event and the celebratory finale of the annual DTRF Together We Will Weekend.
The desmoid tumor community and supporters gather to walk, run, and roll on our accessible course together as a unified force against desmoid tumors. By participating in RFA, anyone, anywhere can build a team, create awareness, and help fundraise for a cure!
RFA Fundraising Inspiration
Dana did a 5K hike in elevation change (16,404 feet) using hand crutches, and used that as her fundraising goal of $16,404. She shared photos and videos of her journey.
Margie encouraged friends and family to do their own 5Ks at home and to make donations to match them.
Jackie shot a wacky lip sync video for every $200 raised and shared the videos online.
The fundraisers shown above were created by our community during past virtual RFA campaigns. You can create a fundraiser like this any time of year, not just during our RFA campaign. Click below to get started.
Past RFA 5K & Fun Run Highlights
Founding Running for Answers (RFA):
How One Patient Made a Big Difference
In 2008, Sera Snyder was battling an abdominal desmoid tumor. After running a half marathon in October 2009 to raise money for the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation (a campaign she called, “Running for Answers”), Sera decided to try to make a bigger impact. With a committed and caring group of friends, family and fellow patients, Sera founded the Running for Answers 5 miler in 2010. Marrying her passion for running with her marketing talents, Sera and her small committee attracted over 350 runners and raised over $65,000 for DTRF in what became the first annual Running for Answers event, now known as RFA. Today, the DTRF RFA 5K & Fun Run is the DTRF’s signature annual fundraising event, raising more than $1 million for the foundation over its first 10 years.