DC Strong partners with Kids Adventure Games for major fundraiser
DC Strong President Larry Gonzalez said 80% of the proceeds from the event will go to the charity.
“It was natural. You know, we help kids fight cancer; they help kids come out and accept being a kid,” Gonzalez said. “It’s super exciting, because there are so many possibilities here.”
The event, scheduled for May 21-22, will take place at Eaton Corporation’s private vehicle testing facility, called “The Proving Grounds.”
“We’re talking over 640 acres to play with,” he said. “It’s got all kinds of crazy slopes. Every kind of terrain you can imagine, and so much more. Woods, you know, ponds, everything. And, so, what’s cool is that with these races, they are never the same.”
Helene Matisse, CEO and Founder of Kids Adventure Games, said children will test their limits as they face obstacles such as mud pits, ropes and even a huge Slip ‘N Slide.
“We are a bit different from regular obstacle courses in that they have checkpoints; they have to follow a certain route and they have a map with them which is stamped at each checkpoint,” Matisse explained. .
Matisse said the event is open to children ages 6 to 14, who typically compete in teams of two.
So far, families from four different states have registered for the event.
DC Strong has helped nearly 200 children and operates in 30 states across the country.
The non-profit organization offers personalized care and wish packages for children battling cancer.
“We stay with each family throughout their battle. So through treatment and beyond,” he told FOX 17 News.
A decade after its inception, Gonzalez is excited to further develop its mission after this fundraiser.
“Just the fact that all this excitement, all this, like, you know, the activity is going to happen, and it’s going to benefit the kids and the hospitals. I just think it’s so cool. And that makes it even more special.” he said.
To learn more or register for the event, click here.