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The Cougs vs Cancer 5K Race honoring former President Rex Lee is an annual race giving proceeds to support cancer research at the BYU Simmons Center for Cancer Research . The annual 5k race funds full-time student cancer research fellowships, providing BYU undergraduate and graduate students the chance to begin their careers as the next generation of cancer clinicians and researchers.

Since its beginning in 1996, the Rex Lee Run has raised more than $500,000 to fund over 200 students' cancer research projects. Without the run, BYU would be unable to support and facilitate foundational discovery research leading to the development of more effective methods to prevent, diagnose, treat and ultimately cure cancer.

This year, celebrating its 25th anniversary, the run continues to be sponsored by the Simmons Center for Cancer Research with the help of the BYU Cougars vs Cancer Group , a student club affiliated with the Simmons Center.

The run is held in honor of Rex E. Lee, former BYU president and founding Dean of the J. Reuben Law School. Rex E. Lee valiantly fought and ultimately passed away from cancer.

Take part in BYU’s stand against cancer and support cancer research in your local community by registering for the run today.

BYU Cancer Research Center and the Rex Lee Run

*Dr. Merrill Christensen is now the current director of the Simmons Center