Kids Making a Difference One Step at a Time.


How we began

The idea for The Race was originated thirteen years ago by Josh Berns, then 13 years old, and Danielle Berns, then 11 years old. Josh and Danielle began Kids for the Cure, now known as The Race, as a way to harness young people to actively fight to eradicate breast cancer. The Race is a family event, where children learn that they can make a difference by raising both money for research and awareness about the disease. Everyone knows someone whose life has been affected by breast cancer, and Josh and Danielle’s ideas for The Race fueled their passion to help others who may benefit from early detection and the research advances that are being used to save and prolong lives.

This year, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, which is dedicated to research, raising awareness, and finding the cure for breast cancer.

For the past five years, The Race has partnered with Effective Leadership Academy. High school students from many communities join together to develop teamwork, leadership, organizational skills, as well as embrace the importance of philanthropy. The Teen Leadership Board incorporates these 21st century skills as they assist in the organization, fundraising, and event planning, as well as the allocation of funds raised from The Race. 

What We've Achieved

  • Raised over $1 million, with 100% of the funding going to innovative breast cancer research.
  • Developed a platform to help young leaders within our community learn how to effectively make change happen.
  • Created an annual Mothers Day tradition, drawing over 2,500 participants.