Isabella Santos Foundation 5/10K Race Celebrates 15th Anniversary in Ballantyne

Isabella Santos Foundation 5/10K Race Celebrates 15th Anniversary in Ballantyne


Charlotte, Sept 15, 2022 – The Isabella Santos Foundation (ISF), a Charlotte-based childhood cancer nonprofit, will host the 15th Anniversary ISF 5K and 10K for Kids Cancer event presented by Hendrick Automotive Group Luxury Dealerships on Saturday, October 15 in Ballantyne Corporate Park.

The event will take place from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Ballantyne Corporate Park located at 15801 Brixham Hill Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28277.  Race activities will go from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. with the Kids Fun Zone and Raffle open from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Registration fees vary and participants may register individually or as a team.  For more information or to register, visit:

“I am so proud of all that my small team at ISF has accomplished over the years, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of the community and our supporters”, Erin Santos, Executive Director of Isabella Santos Foundation says.  “It’s been a decade since we lost my daughter, Isabella, and I couldn’t be prouder knowing all the impact we are making in her honor.  She loved our annual 5K event and we hope to make this year’s 15th Anniversary Event the most spectacular one yet!”

Participants can fuel up after their 5K or 10K by purchasing the option to add brunch to their race registration.  The brunch experience is partnered with Roots Catering, Mac’s Speed Shop, Ace No. 3, Hickory Tavern, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and NoDa Brewing Company. Participants can further support the cause by creating a personal fundraising page and raising donations.  Those not able to join the race in person can register as a virtual runner and will receive a T-shirt through the mail.

The family-friendly event provides fun for the entire family including:  Brunch and refreshments (additional registration cost), a raffle, Kids Zone with game, face painting, slides, jump house, and photo booth. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Isabella Santos Foundation Rare & Solid Tumor Program at Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital. Since 2007, the event has raised more than 2.3 million for pediatric cancer with the support of the Charlotte community and local businesses.  For the second year, Hendrick Automotive Group’s luxury dealerships located in north and south Charlotte are the event’s presenting sponsor.  Information on those stores can be found at this link.

“We are proud to support the Isabella Santos Foundation,” said David Porter, Hendrick Automotive Group market area vice president. “Their deep commitment to helping young people overcome this terrible disease is awe-inspiring. I want to thank the teammates from our 12 area luxury dealerships for their dedication and participation in this initiative. Their support further highlights our company’s commitment to serving our home community of Charlotte whenever we can.”

Other event sponsors include:  Nation Ford Chemical, Roots Food Co, Clean Juice, Atrium Health, NoDa Brewing, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Oneblood, JE Dunn Construction, Brighthouse Financial, Greater Charlotte Auto Dealers Association & Charlotte Auto Show, ALL-In To Fight Cancer,, FGTeeV, Miller Street Dance Academy, Northwood, Small Hands Big Art, Charlotte Star Room, Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers, Dickens Mitchener, YMCA, RAM Pavement, Sweet’s Elderberry, Adam Faulk Tanksley Foundation, NationsGuard, CPI Security Systems, Janney, Mac’s Speed Shop, Viva Chicken and Fennebresque Interiors, Ernst & Young, Belk, Hickory Tavern, Arborscapes, and David Weekly Homes

For more information about being a sponsor, contact Karen Murphy at

About Isabella Santos Foundation

The Isabella Santos Foundation (ISF) is a 501(c)3 childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research for rare pediatric cancers, and charities that directly impact the lives of children with cancer. ISF was founded in honor of Isabella Santos from Charlotte, N.C. who lost her battle against neuroblastoma. ISF is committed to improving rare pediatric cancer treatment options in an effort to increase the survival rate of kids with cancer so they can live their dreams. ISF has donated close to $6 million to date to expand the scope of pediatric cancer research and treatment, and to fill various needs surrounding childhood cancers. For more information, visit or connect with ISF on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

About Hendrick Automotive Group

Representing 131 franchises and 25 manufacturer nameplates from the Carolinas to California, Hendrick Automotive Group is the largest privately held automotive retail organization in the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the company employs more than 10,000 people in its 94 dealership locations, 21 collision centers and four accessories distributor installers in 13 states. For more information, please visit

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