It is that time of year again… Time to Fly!

June 1, 2013

On June 22nd, we at Crux Collaborative will come together with our friends and families as the team “Joggers for Julian” to support an organization that is very important to us: the Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF).

This is the third year in a row that the entire Crux Collaborative staff will participate in CCRF’s biggest fundraiser, “Time to Fly.” Some will do the 5K walk, some will do the 5K run, and some will join me in a 10K run.

Why does Crux Collaborative support the Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF)?

Emily and I have admired the work of CCRF for many years. But when our son Julian was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in February of 2011 and then died two weeks later, the fight against children’s cancer took on a whole new meaning. Although ALL is one of the most curable forms of pediatric cancer, the treatment that is required to fight it carries many risks. Julian died just nine days before his 4th birthday. (You can read more about his story at


Clockwise: 1. John, Emily, and Oscar (2012)  /  2. Katherine hooping her way through the 5K (2012)  /  3. Joggers for Julian team members (2012)

Why do we love the “Time to Fly” event?

CCRF’s “Time to Fly” event has now turned into an opportunity for us to bring together our Crux Collaborative friends, our personal friends, and our family to celebrate our son’s short life… and raise money to fund groundbreaking research that will help other families avoid the tragedy that struck our family.


Clockwise: 1. Mahtab and family (2011)  /  2. Rookie Team Winner (2011)  /  3. Kids’ Fun Run (2012)

What do we hope to accomplish?

First and foremost, we hope to raise awareness of the importance of funding research specifically for children’s cancer. I was surprised to learn that in the whole field of cancer research, very little is spent on childhood cancer. In fact, an interesting article in the Huffington Post reported that the American Cancer Society spent only 1% of their research dollars on childhood cancer in 2010.

Secondly, we want to raise money for CCRF. Unlike some of the other cancer research organizations out there, CCRF really does fund groundbreaking research for children’s cancer. Every dollar we raise helps CCRF fund life-saving research to provide better outcomes for families impacted by childhood cancer. Last year, Joggers for Julian raised just over $14,000, and we hope to beat that record this year.


Clockwise: 1. Meghan Wilker of Clockwork (2012)  /  2. Annette and Brooke (2011)  /  3. Steve, Mike, Robert, and Jodi (2012)

What are we asking YOU to do?

There are two things we are encouraging our clients, colleagues, and friends to do: 1) join our team and run or walk with us on June 22nd, or 2) make a donation to support the team. Or better yet, do both! You can find all the info you need on the Joggers for Julian website.

p.s. The event is really fun for all ages, so bring the family!


Clockwise: 1. Tony’s wife, Jodi, and his three daughters (2012)  /  2. Tony and John after the 10K run (2012)  /  3. Joggers for Julian team members (2012)

What special bonus do team participants receive?

This is the second year that we have commissioned local artist Adam Turman to create the Joggers for Julian artwork. As a special bonus for each team member, everyone that registers for Joggers for Julian will receive a limited edition Adam Turman design running shirt AND running hat.


What should you do right now?

I hope you’ll come and spend the morning with your friends at Crux Collaborative and help us reach the finish line. Or, if you can’t make it in person, consider a donation. Visit to find out how you can help support our team’s “Time to Fly”.

But don’t wait too long! Registration for the 5K walk is FREE if you register by June 16th, and donations can be made online until June 20th.

Last but not least, find us on Facebook and give us a “like” to automatically receive the latest Joggers for Julian team updates and info.


Clockwise: 1. In Memory of Julian Golden race route sign (2011)  /  2. Emily’s dad, Jim, first place time in the 10K for 70+ (2011)  /  3. Mike and his brothers (2011)

By John Golden

John’s career in interactive media design began in 1995 and has spanned over two decades with a focus on developing simple, streamlined approaches for complex problems.

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