The Spencer Grace Foundation and Gilman School invite everyone to participate in the 5th Annual Strides for Spencer. This is a 2-mile run/walk and 100% of proceeds from the event will support pediatric brain cancer research at Johns Hopkins.

We hope you can join us to celebrate Spencer’s life, raise awareness, and support necessary research to help other children and families facing this disease.

For more information on Spencer’s Story and mission of the Spencer Grace Foundation, please visit

**Can’t make the race? Join as a virtual racer or make a donation and show your support! Just remember to show your spirit and tag us in any Facebook photos!**

8:30am Walk-up Registration
9:00am – Kid’s Fun Run/Obstacle Run
9:30am – 2 Mile Run/Walk

Post-race celebrations with refreshments, face painting, kids' craft, bake sale and raffles!

$30 - Race Registration – registrants before May 1st will receive race t-shirt.
$10 – Children 10 years and under. (2 years and under free) - registrants before May 1st will receive race t-shirt.
$10 – Virtual Racer (no t-shirt)
* Walk-up Registration available day of event (cash/check only)

T-shirt sizes – Youth SM (6-8), MD (10-12). Adult Unisex SM, MD, LG, XL

Gilman School – *New Location* Registration tent and Start/Finish line will be behind the lower school, near the playground. Parking – lower lots off of Northern Parkway or Roland Ave.

News and Events....

5th Annual Strides for Spencer - Saturday, May 18, 2019

2018 Updates & Announcements

2018 Donation - $22,500 - est. 450 hours of research!

2018 has been a great year for the SGF!  In May we hosted the 4th Annual Strides for Spencer, resulting in the best turnout since the event began, bringing more than 250 supporters.  There were also many unable to attend who showed their support through the virtual run, private events and donations. 

In total, with your help, we raised another $22,500, which has been donated this month in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness.  Our donation will continue to support pediatric brain tumor research at Johns Hopkins.  These funds are equivalent to approximately 450 hours of together we are making a difference!

Through your generosity and support over the last 3 1/2 years, we have almost raised $100,000 in support of research!

A special thank you to the following supporters, sponsors and individuals who held private fundraisers in support of the SGF.  Full update here!


The Spencer Grace Foundation officially kicked-off with a fun, family event  at Rodgers' Farm.  Thank you to our sponsors NB&C LLC, Rodgers' Farm, Seigel, Tully and Furrer LLC and Miss Shirley's.  And thanks to all who attended!  - October 2015

Thank you PayPal for awarding The Spencer Grace Foundation a $1,500 grant to help fund research!

- December 2015 

Spencer Grace's Last Gift
We wanted to share an article from the Johns Hopkins Magazine, which featured Spencer's story and our decision to participate in the rapid autopsy program. While the research wasn't there to save Spencer, our dream is that raising awareness of programs like this and raising awareness of the desperate need for advanced research into these diseases will save another child. Giving a child and their family a future is what we fight for!

2017 Donation - $18,000

We’d like to personally thank all those who have supported SGF over the past year. In September 2017, in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and our hero, Spencer Grace, SGF donated another $18,000.00 in support of Dr. Raabe’s pediatric brain cancer research. We’re further excited to announce that this amount was matched by Alex’s Lemonade Stand, making the total donation $36,000.00. This would not be possible without our event sponsors and partners, our many volunteers, and every individual and family who made a donation. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!

Reflecting on 2015

2015 was a devastating year for us due to the loss of our three year-old daughter, Spencer Grace, to cancer.  Despite our grief, we decided to use Spencer's story and brave example as a means of helping other children diagnosed with brain tumors, and raising awareness of the challenges currently facing the pediatric oncology community.  The research was not there to save our daughter, but with the support of The Spencer Grace Foundation and other like charities, it is our hope that future children facing these terrible diagnoses will have treatments available to them to ensure a full and healthy life.  

We are tremendously proud to share that throughout 2015, with Spencer's memorial fund and money raised by The Spencer Grace Foundation, we have surpassed $38,000 for research.  These funds are currently being used to further the study of recurrent medulloblastoma and new treatment options at Johns Hopkins.  We are even more excited to report that the research conducted to date with one new drug has shown such progress that Johns Hopkins is planning to begin a clinical trial.  It is a big step to transition research from the lab to clinical trial.  So, we, along with the dedicated doctors and researchers working to beat this disease, are very hopeful.  There is still a long way to go, but we are one step closer to helping children like Spencer obtain the future they deserve.  

This progress would not have been possible without ALL OF YOU!!!  Thank you so much, from the bottom of our hearts, for your ongoing support and for preserving the memory of our beautiful daughter in this way. Because of YOU, we are making a difference!


October 2016

Fall Event at Rodgers Farm - Sunday, October 30th  10am-1pm

Sponsored by Network Building & Consulting, LLC

Come join us for our 2nd annual fall event at Rodgers Farm on Sunday, October 30th from 10am to 1pm!  The Spencer Grace Foundation is happy to partner with Rodgers Farm to host this event. Tickets will include admission to the farm (farm animals, hay ride, corn maze, mini maze, corn for ALL ages) as well as face painting, balloon art, crafts, games and light snacks. Food and other refreshments will be available for sale by the farm.

​Purchase tickets in advance and check-in at the Foundation table upon arrival. You may also pay at the gate (cash only).  Spread the word...invite your family/friends....and of course, costumes are always welcomed!!

We had a wonderful turn out last year and hope everyone will come out for some fall fun while supporting a great cause!!