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We’re Back! Let’s Walk, Run and Celebrate Survivorship

On Sunday, June 5, 2022, our community of cancer survivors and supporters will gather in person for Lurie Cancer Center's 29th annual event to honor cancer survivors and celebrate the strides we’re making in our understanding and treatment of cancer.

Held on National Cancer Survivors Day, the Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk & 5K features a non-competitive walk or chip-timed 5K run along the lakefront, T-shirts, refreshments, music and entertainment, activities for the family, and a chance to share a message on the Dedication Wall.

It is a day for cancer survivors, wearing purple shirts, to connect and celebrate milestones with the friends, family members and medical professionals who supported them along the way. Held in Chicago’s Grant Park, our community celebration is open to everyone whose life has been touched by cancer, regardless of where they were treated.

The Walk route is approximately three miles, but you can enjoy the lakefront path at your own pace and return to Grant Park's Arvey Field (northeast corner of Columbus Dr. and Roosevelt Rd.) whenever you choose.

Sunday, June 5 (National Cancer Survivors Day)

8:00 a.m. T-shirt pickup and registration open
8:30 a.m. Welcome, warm-up and celebration begins
9:15 a.m. 5K Run starts
10:00 a.m.  Walk starts
11:00 a.m. picnic

The Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk & 5K will take place rain or shine (we’re hoping for shine!)

View the 5K Race results here!


Advance registration closes Saturday, June 4 at 11:59 p.m.

Advance online registration is strongly encouraged. Participants who registered on or before May 6 will receive their t-shirts via mail to the address used for registration between June 1 and June 3. Other registrants can pick up their T-shirts beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Grant Park.

Walk registration will be available in Grant Park on the day of the event, beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Runners will receive their racing bib with timing chip in Grant Park on the day of the event, beginning at 8:00 a.m. 

Registration Fees Advance Event Day
Walker $25 $35
Youth Walker (ages 3-10) $20 $30
5K Runner $50 $60


The registration fee includes a T-shirt, entertainment, refreshments, and chip-timing for runners. There is no cost (and no shirt) for children under the age of two.


Advances in cancer prevention and treatment – based on life-changing research – give us more reasons and more cancer survivors to celebrate each year. Imagine what we can achieve together!

Please consider personalizing your online fundraising page when you register. Your support will help Lurie Cancer Center’s physicians and scientists bring groundbreaking research and cutting-edge treatments to our patients with cancer. Even if you’re unable to join us in person, you can support our efforts from wherever you are. Email or call 312.926.7133 to learn more.

Fundraising is optional and no minimum is required.

Parking and Transportation

Discounted parking is available at the Grant Park South Garage, 325 S. Michigan Avenue if you purchase your parking pass for $10 in advance online. Located underground just to the south of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Grant Park South Garage entrance is on South Michigan Avenue between Jackson Boulevard and Van Buren Street. The pass is good for up to 12 hours on Sunday, June 5, 2020. To help maintain physical distancing in indoor spaces, shuttles will not be available from the Northwestern Memorial Hospital parking garage to Grant Park this year.

Visit Google Maps for driving or public transit directions to Arvey Field, Grant Park. For information about Metra’s commuter rail lines, Pace’s public transportation services, and Accessible Transit Programs visit the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA).

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

The health and safety of our community is our top priority and will guide how we prepare for this year’s event. With the well-being of people with cancer in mind, we will continue to monitor federal, state and local guidelines, and modify event-day plans as needed.

We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible, including people with cancer and their families, to get fully vaccinated, which might include an additional dose as well as a booster. Learn more at


The success of the Cancer Survivors' Celebration Walk & 5K depends on our volunteers. We have a number of volunteer positions available, including greeting participants, helping with t-shirt distribution, and more.  Sign ups are open now!

Who is a Survivor?

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship defines a cancer survivor as anyone has ever been diagnosed with cancer -- “from the time of diagnosis and for the balance of life.” Read about the exceptional programs at Lurie Cancer Center’s Cancer Survivorship Institute to improve the experience of people living with, through and beyond cancer.