Student Aims to Outpace Cancer

Arianna Iosue and Dr. Julian Kim

Arianna Iosue,  with Dr. Julian Kim, Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Oncologic Surgery at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, established The Pappy Run fundraiser in 2014, which raised $7,250 for UH Seidman Cancer Center. This year’s race takes place on Saturday, March 28.

Arianna Iosue, 13, watched her grandfather, “Pappy,” battle cancer more than three years ago and felt helpless to stop the disease. Pappy passed away but his legacy lives on thanks to Arianna, who created The Pappy Run to support people fighting cancer. Proceeds from the annual race support cancer research, education and patient services at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.

"I couldn't stand it that my Pappy was gone, and I needed some way to help remember him and all others who have been affected by cancer. That’s why I created The Pappy Run," said Arianna.

An avid runner involved in track and cross-country and a straight-A student at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School in Chagrin Falls, Arianna somehow finds time to organize The Pappy Run, a 5 Mile Race and 1 Mile Run/Walk. In its first year in 2014, the fundraiser drew more than 350 runners and raised over $7,000 for cancer research. This year, Arianna has her sights set much higher, hoping to attract 700 runners for an even greater impact.

The 2nd Annual Pappy Run takes place on Saturday, March 28 at the River Road Park in Bainbridge.

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