Fred’s Team was named in honor of running legend and co-founder of the New York City Marathon, Fred Lebow—a man who dreamed of a world without cancer.
In 1995, Fred’s Team was named in honor of running legend and co-founder of the New York City Marathon—Fred Lebow, a man who dreamed of a world without cancer. In 1991, while he was being treated for brain cancer at MSK, he jogged through hospital hallways, determined to find a way to raise money for a cure. That year, Fred encouraged runners competing in the New York City Marathon to raise money for each mile they ran, and designated MSK its first official charity.
Since the start of Fred’s Team, runners have been participating in races worldwide to raise money for any area of critical cancer research at MSK. Every year, participants sign up, put on their orange Fred’s Team uniform, and take part in races, such as 5Ks, half-marathons, marathons, triathlons, and climbs—all while adding meaning to their miles.
As Fred said, a lot of satisfaction comes with crossing the finish line—but the critical funds runners raise for cancer research makes a difference that goes far beyond the finish line.
“Running the marathon is the best way I know to fight this disease.”