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Heaven Can Wait 5k Event History

Heaven Can Wait has become a Bend tradition, drawing thousands every year to raise breast cancer awareness.

Heaven Can Wait began in 2000 after Charlene Levesque — wife of Central Oregon Running Klub (CORK) president, Joe Levesque — was diagnosed with breast cancer. Charlene's diagnosis prompted CORK to begin formulating the idea of a women's event that would promote early detection of cancer and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle.

Held every year on National Cancer Survivor's Day (first Sunday in June), Heaven Can Wait has grown into Central Oregon's premiere athletic event and an annual celebration of cancer survivorship.

Annual participation and sponsorship

Over the past 17 years, more than $1.3 million has been raised to benefit Sara's Project.

Event Year # of Participants Net to Sara's Project
2016 3,130 $95,797
2015 2,990 $90,858
2014 3,463 $90,719
2013 3,946 $116,781
2012 3,795 $76,620
2011 4,028 $102,501
2010 4,129 $112,769
2009 3,559 $92,817
2008 3,493 $114,058
2007 2,687 $81,270
2006 2,374 $75,542
2005 2,138 $64,540
2004 1,975 $60,546
2003 1,691 $52,451
2002 1,702 $43,051
2001 1,208 $29,492
2000 1,026 $23,605
TOTALS 47,334 $1,323,417