Disney VoluntEARS stretched their muscles and put on their running shoes last weekend. Over 100 of Disney’s volunteers took part in the part in the City of Hope’s Walk for Hope 2K/5K. The walk raises money for research into treatments for women’s cancers. Disney is known for its long history of supporting hospitals like City of Hope and providing financial backing, character visits and more.
This year’s walk was different. Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek served as Chair of the Walk for Hope for the 2018 walk.
Chapek said, “We all know someone who has been impacted by cancer—and some of us are fortunate enough to have had City of Hope in our family’s corner during that fight. City of Hope saves lives, brings people together, and gives hope to thousands, and I was thrilled by the opportunity to support them in this meaningful way.”
It’s one of Disney’s top priorities to continue growing Walt’s legacy. The VoluntEARS, as they are endearingly referred to, have provided well over 10 million hours of service across the globe since the volunteer program began over 35 years ago at Disneyland.
“My family has been impacted by cancer, and research hospitals like City of Hope give women the edge they need to keep fighting,” said Shelby Grasser, Team Disney VoluntEARS Captain. “I’m proud to join Disney and our amazing VoluntEARS team to support and raise funds for this critical research.”
“Supporting City of Hope with more than 100 Disney VoluntEARS from across the company was an incredible experience,” said Chairman Bob Chapek. “I am constantly amazed—but never surprised—by the giving spirit of our Cast Members, and today was no exception.”
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