St. Jude Walk/Run inspires fundraising nationwide during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 3, 2021 -- On Saturday, Sept. 25, communities from coast to coast will come together as one during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month for the annual St. Jude Walk/Run benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®.
Registration is open and free for the 5K event and includes in-person and virtual options for individuals, families, community groups and corporate teams. More than 60 St. Jude Walk/Run events are planned across the country to celebrate this day of philanthropy, with live entertainment, games and food served at several of the events. National series sponsors include Amazon, Marcum Foundation and Window World.
"As we unite across the nation for the St. Jude Walk/Run, each step we take and every dollar we raise together gives hope to St. Jude patient families," said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "I am continually inspired by our generous supporters who kept St. Jude close to their hearts this past year and are eager to re-connect to celebrate the work of St. Jude to help ensure that no child dies from cancer."
Thanks to that community support, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
The inclusive nature of St. Jude Walk/Run makes it possible for everyone to support St. Jude in their own way by participating wherever and however they can, while following guidance from the CDC and local authorities to ensure a safe experience.
As part of the event experience, participants are encouraged to use the St. Jude Walk/Run app, which is available in the Apple app store and on Google Play. Among the features of the app is the option to use augmented reality to bring St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to life in vivid detail. In addition, participants looking for a more fitness-minded challenge can connect with members of the St. Jude Run Club who are logging miles and minutes together using the fitness app Strava.
Participants earn incentives for each fundraising level they meet and include such items as a stainless steel straw set, windbreaker, charging dock or fire pit.
To learn more, register or donate, visit stjude.org/walkrun.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Visit St. Jude Inspire to discover powerful St. Jude stories of hope, strength, love and kindness. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok, and subscribing to its YouTube channel.
SOURCE ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital