Runners take to the streets in their 'undies' for a cause

Updated: Feb. 21, 2016 at 6:36 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Things got a little cheeky over the weekend as hundreds of runners flocked to the streets in their underwear to participate in New Orleans' very first "Cupid's Undie Run."

The one-mile charity run raised money for the Children's Tumor foundation, the world's largest organization dedicated to ending Neuro Fibromatosis.

Undie lover's proudly paraded around in their pink and red underwear for the cause while raising over $28,000

NF is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to develop on many parts of the body including the brain, spinal cord, nerves and skin. With more than 2 million people affected by NF worldwide, the disease affects one in every 3,000 children born.

Currently, there is no cure for the disease, but researchers and families with children affected by the disease remain hopeful.

Last year, Cupid's Undie Run raised more than $3.5 million around the world for Neuro Fibromatosis research.

Officials say runners managed to raise over $28,000 in New Orleans for the cause.

Cupid's Undie Run began five years ago in Washington D.C. with 600 participants and continues to grow. There are now Undie Runs in 38 cities in the U.S. and Sydney, Australia.

But why run in your underwear?

According to the foundation's website, participants run in their underwear because people with NF can not cover up their tumors. They can not put clothes on to feel more comfortable, so why should the participants?

Even though the New Orleans race is over, it's not too late to get involved.

Visit the Cupid's Undie Run website for more information on how you can contribute to the cause.

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