Volunteers are the heart and soul of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation and Mark Grenier has been a longtime supporter. 29 years ago, Mark started the Las Vegas Stars 5K & 1 Mile Walk, in honor of his dad. In 1990, the walks inaugural year raised about $1,000 and had 75 participants. Last year, the now rebranded Candlelighters Superhero 5K had over 900 participants and the event itself has raised over $2.5 million. Going on 30 years, Mark has been involved with every single run and served on committees to further the mission of supporting the childhood cancer community. He is such an inspiration to us as a staff and the community that it’s never a question with Mark if he is going to help but a matter of when. He is always coming up with exciting new ideas and features to grow our events, brand, and purpose.
Mark, who is married with two kids, is a very active guy who has lived in Vegas for over 30 years. Currently working at Entercom as a Sr. Account Manager, he would be described as having endless energy with a “glass half full” attitude. Mark enjoys volunteering because he loves seeing projects go from conception to completion and seeing all of the incredible support the community gives. Mark has a true passion for bringing the community together and an even bigger motivation to draw a crowd for a cause. There is no kinder act than helping someone less fortunate than you which is why Candlelighters is incredibly grateful to have such a supportive being on board with their cause. It is dedicated volunteers such as Mark who help us further our mission and offer financial and emotional assistance, along with quality of life programming, to the Las Vegas families battling childhood cancer.