About us

Our mission is to
make a difference in
the lives of others.



At Blue Ribbon Run, it has become our life mission to make a difference in the lives of others.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure and raising awareness about Colorectal Cancer. The Blue Ribbon Run has established an endowment at UNC-Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill to help fund research to find a cure for this third leading cause of cancer deaths.

run, donate, or cheer every step
brings us closer to a cure

Christina Gianoplus

Julie M. Brown

A life's legacy

Julie and Christina

The Blue Ribbon Run began as a way to honor and remember the lives of Julie M. Brown and Christina Gianoplus by raising money and awareness and establishing an endowment in their names at the UNC-Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Julie and Christina both lost their battles with colorectal cancer at the young age of 41.

The run continues today, partnering with sponsors and donors to help those in our community battling colorectal cancer.


Fueling the Quest for a cure

UNC Lineberger

One of the leading cancer centers in the nation, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The center brings together some of the most exceptional physicians and scientists in the country to investigate and improve the prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer. UNC Lineberger faculty work to understand the causes of cancer at the genetic and environmental levels, to conduct groundbreaking laboratory research, and to translate findings into pioneering and innovative clinical trials.