Eat Pepper. Raise Awareness. Donate. Drink Milk.

Take the Challenge

How it Works

1. Record Yourself Eating a Hot Pepper

Choose whatever pepper you are the most comfortable with, whether it is a bell pepper, jalapeño, habanero or the Carolina Reaper – the spiciest pepper in the world. Just make sure you know how much you can take.

Remember – eating spicy peppers is no joke. We recommend preparing before hand by having milk and bread close by once you take a bite. Also, water just spreads the heat. Don’t listen to Ron Burgundy – milk is NOT a bad choice.

While you are recording, make sure you let people know who you are and what you are doing. For example: “Hi, I’m Danny Devito and I’m doing the Hot Pepper Challenge for the Full of Grace 5K.”

Also, don’t forget to call out at least three friends to take the Hot Pepper Challenge. Explain in your video what they need to do to participate.

2. Post to Social Media

Once your mouth has cooled back down, post the video to your favorite social media outlets. Don’t forget to tag the friends you challenged as well as @FullofGrace5K and use #FOGhotPEPPERchallenge and #HEYcancerBEATit!

3. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Did you think eating a hot pepper would let you off the hook?! Ovarian cancer research still needs to be funded! Click here to donate money to MD Anderson Cancer Center.

And once all of that is done… pat yourself on the back. You are on fire (pun intended)!


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Why Hot Peppers?

Spicy Foods and Cancer

Capsaicin is the compound found in peppers that makes them hot. The hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains. Research has found that capsaicin essentially causes cancer cells to attack themselves. Further research indicates that eating spicy foods 3-7 times a week can reduce your cancer risk by 14%. All of a sudden a few minutes of discomfort doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

Spicy Foods and Ovarian Cancer, Specifically

The most common side effect of eating spicy foods is sweating (also cursing, heavy breathing, regret, etc). A common treatment for ovarian cancer is the removal of the ovaries, which kickstarts menopause. Women going through menopause often experience random bouts of hot flashes which makes them – you guessed it – sweat.