18,000 runners participate in St. Jude Marathon - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

18,500 runners in St. Jude Marathon, raises $5.7 million

(WMC-TV) - For the 11th year, a journey of hope for the children of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital filled the streets of Memphis.

18,500 runners hit the streets of downtown and Midtown Memphis for the St. Jude Marathon Saturday morning.

Some, for 1.8 million reasons.

St. Jude raised $5.7 million.

It costs $1.8 million per day to offer free research and care to children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

"The biggest thing is the money that goes to St. Jude. That's the biggest reason we run is to support those kids," said marathon participant Jerry Jones. 

No family ever pays St. Jude for anything.

"I was actually a patient myself from 1970 to 1978," said former St. Jude patient Gary.
    
While some participants are living proof of St. Jude's mission, others run to remember loved ones.

"Jay Rogers. He's a hometown guy who just passed away a few months ago," said marathon participant Vonda Stewart
    
Stewart ran to give children a chance.

"He'd been battling cancer for quite some time. 20-years-old," she said.

The runners aren't only from Memphis.

Jerry Jones from Jackson, Tennessee said the race has become a tradition.

"We've come down here for the last seven years to do this," said Jones

The marathoners wound through downtown and Midtown Memphis, from Riverside Drive to East Parkway.

Along the route was the hospital where nearly 8,000 children are served each year.

Winners of the marathon were Justin Gillette from Goshen, Indiana and Angie Zinkus from Eads, TN.

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Sheriff: 10-year-old killed in accidental shooting

    Sheriff: 10-year-old killed in accidental shooting

    Saturday, September 23 2017 8:36 AM EDT2017-09-23 12:36:59 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)
    The Dunklin County Sheriff's Office is investigating an accidental shooting that killed a 10-year-old.  According to a press release, deputies received a 911 call around 7 pm from the parents stating their son had been accidentally shot by an AR-15 rifle.  The parents were transporting the child to the Twin Rivers Emergency Room from the Arbyrd area. At the hospital, deputies say the father told them he was in the bedroom and removed a rifle from a gun safe, removed the m...
    The Dunklin County Sheriff's Office is investigating an accidental shooting that killed a 10-year-old.  According to a press release, deputies received a 911 call around 7 pm from the parents stating their son had been accidentally shot by an AR-15 rifle.  The parents were transporting the child to the Twin Rivers Emergency Room from the Arbyrd area. At the hospital, deputies say the father told them he was in the bedroom and removed a rifle from a gun safe, removed the m...
  • Walmart honors top fundraising stores

    Walmart honors top fundraising stores

    Friday, September 22 2017 9:34 PM EDT2017-09-23 01:34:59 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 8:26 AM EDT2017-09-23 12:26:08 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Walmart and Sam’s Club Associates from Arkansas, Northern Louisiana, Eastern Texas, and Oklahoma were celebrated for being the top fundraising team for the Children’s Miracle Network in 2016.

    Walmart and Sam’s Club Associates from Arkansas, Northern Louisiana, Eastern Texas, and Oklahoma were celebrated for being the top fundraising team for the Children’s Miracle Network in 2016.

  • JPD: No witnesses coming forward in Cedar Heights shooting

    JPD: No witnesses coming forward in Cedar Heights shooting

    Sunday, September 17 2017 10:49 AM EDT2017-09-17 14:49:29 GMT
    Friday, September 22 2017 10:51 PM EDT2017-09-23 02:51:24 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Jonesboro police have released the names of those injured in a weekend shooting.

    Jonesboro police have released the names of those injured in a weekend shooting.

Powered by Frankly