CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The 11th Isabella Santos 5k saw hundreds of people, running walking and cooking for a cause that started with one little girl. 

  • Isabella Santos fought a rare pediatric cancer
  • Some of the funds raised will go towards a pediatric cancer care center
  • It is a $5 million effort

The 5k is named for the little girl who fought a rare pediatric cancer with a 40 percent survivor rate. Organizers say some of the funds raised will be part of a $5 million effort to build a pediatric cancer center in Charlotte. 

"The doctors keep telling us, it wasn't a science issue, it was a funding issue,” Erin Santos said. Isabella was her daughter. “We just kind of felt like we had to do what we could. Isabella was so about helping her friends that had cancer." 

Anyone can still register as a phantom runner to help the fundraiser at