bringing courage, strength, and grit to the fight against cancer

Join our athletic fundraising program today!

We welcome you to join Team John Wayne as the charity component of any race you do and participate in honor or memory of your family, friends and co-workers who have been affected by cancer. Team John Wayne members receive a personal fundraising webpage, fundraising tips, fun incentives, team camaraderie and more!

Featured Events

Run or walk with Team John Wayne at one of our upcoming official partner events!

Click to learn more about our upcoming partner events for Team John Wayne. Don't see your favorite event listed? Click here to set up your personal fundraising website and join Team John Wayne for ANY event of your choice!

May 4 - 5, 2019

Frequently asked questions

No experience necessary! All you’ll need is a little time and energy, and the desire to make an impact in the fight against cancer! John Wayne Cancer Foundation staff will expertly guide you throughout your fundraising campaign. You’ll receive a personal fundraising webpage, sample fundraising letters, and lots of proven fundraising tips. We’ll even help you create a personalized fundraising plan, and guide you step by step to meet – and surpass - your fundraising goal.

Absolutely. There are plenty of opportunities to share your personal story and to honor those that have inspired our fundraising efforts. There’s even an opportunity to name a JWCF grant in honor of someone you know. Contact JWCF to learn more.

Sure! We welcome you to join Team John Wayne for any race you do and participate in honor of your own cancer heroes. You’ll still receive fundraising support, fun incentives, and more. Just select “Choose My Own Event” when you activate your Team John Wayne webpage.

Yes! Creating a friends and family team is easy. Call us at (949) 631-8400 and we can help you through the process.


Your personal fundraising page

Joining the team is easy. Whether you want to participate in one of our featured events, or for any other event, we'll provide you with a personalized fundraising webpage. On your page, you can tell your own story, upload your own video, and really make the fundraising page your own.


Keep in mind, activating your Team John Wayne page does not register you for a specific race. You will still need to complete your race registration for your chosen event.


Special Incentives

Team John Wayne members are eligible for the following special incentives:

  • Raise $100 and receive a Team John Wayne athletic training shirt.
  • Raise $500 and receive an exclusive Team John Wayne dri-fit hat.
  • Raise $1,000 and receive a Team John Wayne athletic jacket.
  • Raise $5,000 and you'll join the exclusive GRIT CLUB.
  • Raise $25,000 and name a JWCF grant in honor or memory of a friend or family member.

Corporate teams and Friend/Family teams are also eligible for the following special team incentives:

  • Teams raising $10,000 will receive custom Team John Wayne race jerseys.
  • Teams raising $50,000 can name a JWCF grant in honor or memory of a friend or family member.


Thank you to our Team John Wayne sponsors


Our Community

Meet Team John Wayne

I talked about doing Tough Mudder for years, but every year I always found a reason not to do it. When I scrolled through the website this year, I found myself stopping on the Charity tab. Instead of finding a reason not to do Tough Mudder, I found a reason to do it – John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF). When I went to the JWCF website, the first thing I saw was “bringing courage, strength, and grit to the fight against cancer”. I knew immediately that I wanted to cross that electrical wire finish as a member of Team John Wayne.

We all have a story when it comes to cancer, whether it is a personal battle or that of a loved one. My story changed this past year when someone I love very much got diagnosed and it was the first time that the feeling of helplessness set in. The JWCF works tirelessly to make a difference in all of our stories and by joining their team, now I can help. I am not a doctor or a researcher, but I have the grit to get myself over a 15’ tall quarter pipe covered in mud.

Sammi Peck

After 13 years in the medical field I have seen first hand the affects of cancer on adults and children alike. On October 22 of this year I will be running a tough mudder in honor of all those survivors, champions, and victims. But I can only do it with your help! I am trying to raise at least $1,000.00 to those in need. Please donate any small amount you can and let's help make a difference together.

Allison Espinosa

"As I ran this morning, I wondered how I was going to conquer 13.1 miles in just a few months. I've done it 30 times before...what's one more? This one is beyond a personal accomplishment. This one is for those fighting cancer. And regardless of the twinge in one knee, and ache in one shoulder, it doesn't compare to those fighting the fight. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation is an official charity of the OC Marathon on May 1st. As a part of Team John Wayne, my goal is to raise $5,000 for the fight. I'm over halfway there. Every dollar makes a difference. Thank you!"

Margaret Walker Scavo

Karen Pulver has a very personal inspiration driving her Team John Wayne participation: the memory of her husband. She has raised over $5,000 so far and has set a goal of $25,000. Karen's message to everyone is: "Don't let this happen to you. Get your moles checked early. After a 14 year battle, my husband, a two-time Ironman, passed away from melanoma.

Karen Pulver

Are you ready to fight cancer with grit?