3rd annual Run Tough for Chad Tough takes place this weekend, features special gift for Chad Carr

Posted at 3:43 PM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 19:57:31-04

The story of Chad Carr has been well documented as the family now has taken the "Chad Tough Foundation" to the next level!

All of these efforts are in hopes of raising more awareness and funds for children's brain cancers, and they are hoping for your support this weekend as the "Run Tough for Chad Tough" enters its third year at Saline High School with a much different tone.

Since the inception of the Chad Tough Foundation, this smile was an integral part of the efforts to raise money and awareness for DIPG at the "Run Tough for Chad Tough" 5K.

But unfortunately, for the first time, Chad Carr will not be present at the event.

But that doesn't mean he won't be well represented by someone who claims to know him best.

"He still talks about Chad all the time and considers him his very best friend," Neighbor and Carr family friend Mandy Tousa said.

Chad's best friend and neighbor, Cooper, is making sure that his birthday is still celebrated and remembered with a unique gift, that the four-year-old came up with on his own.

"We were at the store and he really wanted to get Chad something for his birthday and he knows Chad loves Paw Patrol and he saw the backpack and we thought, 'what could we put in the backpack? How could we give this to Chad for his birthday?' And that's where we came up wth the cards together and he thought it would be fun if people made him cards," Tousa added.

Coopers beautiful idea is to fill this backpack with birthday cards, and deliver  them to Chad's grave on his birthday. The cards are already pouring in.

"Our community has been so amazingly supportive and we couldn't do what we do without the community," Tousa said.

There's still time to register for the event this weekend at Saline high school that begins at 8:00 am.