About The Pineapple Classic
The Pineapple Classic is a Hawaiian-themed 5K obstacle course with a post race luau including live entertainment and a beer garden. Participants include serious competitors to families and walkers. Individuals and teams run in waves spaced 15 mintues apart. Anyone 8 years of age and older can participate. Prizes are awarded for the fastest racers, highest fund raisers and best costumes. To date, the Pineapple Classic has raised over $500,000 and all net proceeds have benefited the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For 2016, the PIneapple Classic Foundation is directing its grants to specific projects at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, City of Hope and Educating Haiti (see Who We Support)
Who We Are
The Pineapple Classic Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to funding research to cure cancer and related conditions as well as other cancer-related projects. Pineapple Classic was founded by cancer survivors and others who have had the arc of their lives altered by cancer. Our goal is to enable our participants and donors to truly make a difference. We also like to have fun, because we won’t let cancer take all of the fun away.
We seek to maximize our donors’ gifts by directing their funds to specific, near-term, impactful projects and not to the corporate overhead of other organizations. 100% of every dollar raised by participants in the 2016 Pineapple Classic 5K will go to specific projects sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, City of Hope and Educating Haiti (see Who We Support). The Pineapple Classic Foundation is volunteer-operated and has no paid employees.
The Pineapple Classic 5K was founded in Connecticut by Kevin Cameron, a survivor of multiple cancers including leukemia, under the umbrella of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It was conceived as a fun way for people of all ages to come together and make a difference. The event was held for four years from 2011 to 2014 growing from approximately 400 to over 1,000 participants.
Due to health issues Mr. Cameron encountered and organizational changes at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, there was no 2015 PIneapple Classic 5K.
In 2016, Mr. Cameron’s children, Nell Cameron and Jane Cameron, both students at Greenwich High School, having witnessed the effects of cancer their entire lives, sought to bring the Pineapple Classic 5K back to life. A core group, comprised of many of the people who had worked to make the first four Pineapple Classic 5Ks a success, agreed to help. Thus, Nell and Jane founded the Pineapple Classic Foundation to host the Pineapple Classic 5K and other fundraising efforts in support of cancer research and cancer-related projects.