What’s Happening, Charlotte? – with Grant Santos

Grant Santos is taking matters into his own hands and hijacking marketing for the 11th Annual 5k/10k For Kids Cancer race. Watch episode 1 now and stay tuned for more…  get registered:

*What’s Happening, Charlotte? – with Grant Santos* is a YouTube show in conjunction with the Isabella Santos Foundation (ISF), featuring a wide range of guests. Guests include patients to families of patients to volunteers or members of charitable organizations, all have ONE thing in common: they are showing cancer who’s boss! Hosted by 11-year-old Grant Santos, whose sister passed away from neuroblastoma at the age of 7, the show aims to help promote the ISF 5K/10K & Fun Run for Kids Cancer on Saturday, September 29th, 2018. Have you registered for this family fun event? Help Grant honor his sister’s life by bringing the community together to raise funds and awareness to make a difference in lives affected by cancer!


  • 5K | 10K | 1-Mile fun run
  • Raffles, Auction, Kids Zone, Food
  • Ballantyne Corporate Park
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Register @

Isabella Santos Foundation 5K and 10K for Kids Cancer to Race Through Ballantyne – Sept. 29

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Aug. 6, 2018 – Grab your running shoes and craziest purple gear, and join the Isabella Santos Foundation for its 11th Annual 5K/10K for Kids Cancer and 1-Mile Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Ballantyne Corporate Park.

“Our annual 5K and 10K for Kids Cancer brings our community together to help celebrate Isabella’s life, raise funds for pediatric cancer research and to commemorate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month,” said Erin Santos, Executive Director and President of the Isabella Santos Foundation. “This is a fun, family-friendly event so we encourage people of all ages to join us in running or walking and turning Ballantyne into a sea of purple. Four-legged friends are welcome too!”

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 Silent Auction/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

Participants can further support the cause by creating a personal fundraising page and raising donations. Those not able to join the race can register as a Phantom Runner and will receive a T-shirt through the mail.

The family-friendly event provides fun for the entire family including: food and refreshments while supplies last; a silent auction and raffle; and a Kids Zone with games, face painting, slides, jump house and photo booth.

Brighthouse Financial is the presenting sponsor. Other sponsors include: Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital, AvidXchange, Ballantyne Pediatric Dentistry, Charlotte Eye Ears Nose and Throat, Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, Charlotte Smarty Pants, Cochrane Steel, Diamonds Direct, Dickens Mitchener, Hustle House, Merrill Lynch – The Rivlin Firestone Group,

Maxim Tickets, Modern Nissan of Lake Norman, Jersey Mike’s Subs, MassMutual Carolinas, Northwood Office, OrthoCarolina, Perfect Fit Placement, ScoopCharlotte, The Stone Man and Whole Foods Market. For more information about being a sponsor, contact Karen Murphy at

Added Santos, “Huge thanks to our generous sponsors who help make this event a success. We are incredibly fortunate to have such wonderful organizations supporting Isabella’s dream of a world with no more cancer.”

About Isabella Santos Foundation

The Isabella Santos Foundation (ISF) is a 501(c)3 childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research for neuroblastoma, other 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 works to improve rare pediatric cancer treatment options in an effort to improve the survival rate of kids with cancer. For more information, visit  or follow ISF on Facebook (, Instagram ( and Twitter (

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ISF and Race 13.1 Challenge

We have teamed up with Race 13.1 to provide a bonus bling opportunity for running both Race 13.1 Charlotte (Sept 24), NC and the 10th Annual 5k/10k For Kids Cancer (Sept 30). You must be registered for BOTH events no later than next Monday, August 21st in order to be eligible for the bonus bling! Runners who register for both events by August 21 following the guidelines below and complete both races will earn the medal to the right!  

Isabella Santos Foundation and Race 13.1 Challenge Rules and Regulations:

  1. You must use the same name and email address to register for both races.
  2. You must be registered for each individual race by August 21, 2017.
  3. You must be present to pick up the bonus bling medal at ISF’s 5k/10k for Kids Cancer on September 30. Medals will not be mailed.
Both ISF and Race 13.1 are offering 10% off each registration for this challenge. Discount code: ISFChallenge

It’s National Running Day

For National Running Day we are offering a $5 off coupon for our 10th Annual 5k/10k For Kids Cancer on September 30th. Take advantage and get signed up today! Discount available ONE DAY ONLY (June 7th).



Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Over the past three seasons, Isabella’s Dream Team has been fortunate to have the support of our community. This year is no exception. Our team continues to grow and so does our community support.

Team Sponsor: OrthoCarolina

This is the second year that OrthoCarolina will be our sponsor and we can’t thank them enough for supporting our mission and help us grow in the Charlotte community. OrthoCarolina is one of the nation’s leading orthopedic practices and your destination for comprehensive orthopedic care.

Team Partners:

Omega Sports has been with us since the inception of this team, and has provided VIP treatment to us every year. We always look forward to our group runs with Omega Nation and we can’t thank them enough for their unwavering support. Best Service in Sports Since 1978.

Core Revolution is new this year and will be our cross-training headquarters. We are extremely excited to partner with them. Their South Charlotte location offers:

  • Cycle with smart software creating visual simulations and feedback throughout your ride
  • Rep N Ride is a circuit training class that builds strength and endurance as you rotate through eight stations during the 45-minute class
  • Barre Rev’d features dynamic resistance training designed to target specific muscle groups that will lengthen and strengthen core, legs, arms and glutes for a full body workout.
  • To check out their class schedule FIRST CLASS IS FREE.

The main thread that all three share is that they are all very eager to give back to our community. That’s why we are thrilled to have them on our team and excited to shine the spotlight on them, run with them and make them part of our training throughout the year.

What’s New in 2017?

New to our training schedule will be a training program for the Isabella Santos 10K (Sept 30th). If you’re not quite ready for a half marathon, this would be a great stepping stone. Fundraising Commitment Level: $500.00 minimum.

One to Run. One for Fun. This is a challenge to run the Rock N Roll Savannah Half Marathon Nov 5th and run the Charlotte Half Marathon Nov 11th. We’ve had several participants do this throughout the years, but this year we are adding additional swag and twice the fun. Fundraising Commitment Level: $1,000.00 minimum

Always an option:

As part of our giveback initiative, we are proud to announce that this year Isabella’s Dream Team will:

Our team has raised $314,165.00 over the past three years and if we hit our goal of $200,000 this year, that will mean over a half million dollars has been raised to help kids fighting cancer right now.

Want to join us? You can find out more information about us here: One Team. One Mission.

How to join the team?

  • Email Coach Tom at
  • Create your First Giving fundraising page: 2017 Isabella’s Dream Team
    • $500 commitment (per person)
    • $1,000 commitment for the “One to run. One for fun.” back-to-back challenge.
  • Register for your race and distance
  • Recruit your friends, family, coworkers to join via social media and let them know you just joined #isabellasdreamteam

Training starts July 10th.

Are you in?




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