On Sept. 21 the community will gather at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for the St. Jude Walk/Run Denver to End Childhood Cancer. The event, coinciding with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, is in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will be part of a movement where hundreds of thousands of people in 65 communities across the country share the goal to end childhood cancer.
Funds raised will support St. Jude’s mission to ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food so that a family can concentrate on helping their child live. Families like Evan’s. Last fall, 13 year old Evan from Highlands Ranch was experiencing headaches. After an MRI, Evan was diagnosed with craniopharyngioma, a rare and aggressive noncancerous brain tumor. Evan and his family chose St. Jude for treatment because St. Jude has the best survival rates for the rarest types of cancers including craniopharyngioma and is one of only a few institutions in the world that have proton beam therapy for pediatric patients necessary to treat Evan’s type of cancer. Evan completed his treatment this spring and his enjoying is summer with his family.
People of all fitness levels are welcome to join the family-friendly event. Register to start a team, join an existing team or participate as an individual in the 5k. Registration starts at 8 a.m. with the walk/run starting at 9 a.m.