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No shirts, no shorts, no problem at annual Cupid’s Undie Run in Cleveland (photos)

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CLEVELAND, Ohio– No shirts, no shorts, no problem! Runners stripped down to their skivvies Saturday and hit the streets of Cleveland for the annual Cupid’s Undie Run to raise money for neurofibromatosis.

“We run in our undies and we keep it friendly for the kids,” said Carrie Scully, a volunteer for Cupid’s Undie Run. “It’s a fun way to bring attention to a cause that does not get attention at all. We hear about cancers all over the place, NF affects a lot of people but it just doesn’t get a lot of attention.”

NF is a group of genetic conditions that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. It can lead to blindness, deafness, bone abnormalities, disfigurement, learning challenges, disabling pain or cancer.

Clevelanders have raised more than $90,000 for the cause, Scully said.

Since the first Cupid’s Undie Run in 2010, 130,000 runners have donned their best underwear and showed some skin to raise $23.7 million nationwide, according to a news release.

The organizers encourage “family-friendly” undies and costumes for the fundraiser. More than 350 people in Cleveland gathered to support the run and research on Saturday.

Spouses Kristle and Taylor Netzler of North Olmsted said, with a laugh, that they received lots of whistling and positive comments on their run.

“It sounded fun to do and it was for a good cause,” Kristle said.

“Our friend and family singed us all up for it,” Taylor added, saying there were six friends and family members running together.

Clevelander Stephanie Santin runs for her son Jaxon. Jaxon was diagnosed with NF at 8 months and is now 8 years old. She has run in the event the past five years to raise money for research and bring awareness to the community about NF.

Participants ran about one mile through downtown Cleveland to the sounds of cheers and a few car horns.

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