NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — It is very cold out across much of the country but that did not stop thousands of people in more than two dozen cities from going for a run in their underwear.

Those bold enough to go for a trot in the cold participated in the Cupid’s Undie Run and it was for an important cause.

Web Extra: Cupid’s Undie Run | Children’s Tumor Foundation

On Saturday, runner Michael Antonaccio stopped by the CBS 2 studio along with Annette Bakker, President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Children’s Tumor Foundation to discuss the run with CBS 2’s Andrea Grymes.

“This money goes directly to the Children’s Tumor Foundation for those affected by neurofribromatosis,” Antonaccio explained.

Antonaccio’s son Ian suffers from the disease. Antonaccio and his wife have raised almost $13,000 this year.

Last years run raised more than $1,000,000 this year’s goal was to triple that amount, 1010 WINS Gary Baumgarten reported.

While participants had fun going for a run in the cold the event was personal for some.

“I’m doing it for my friend’s child who is suffering with a childhood tumor, so it’s all for her,” Elizabeth said.

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