MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Having a world-renowned hospital in your backyard is a big deal. Having a hospital that is helping end childhood cancer is amazing. Getting the chance to help that hospital do its good work? Priceless.
The WMC Action News 5 morning team wants you to join our team for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer. The walk is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. on the St. Jude campus in Downtown Memphis. Our team is called, "WMC Action News 5 for St. Jude."
Anchors Andrew Douglas, Felicia Bolton, Janeen Gordon, and Meteorologist Brittney Bryant are serving as our team captains.
The first 100 viewers who register to join our team and make a $10 or more donation to St. Jude will get a WMC Action News 5 headband. Everyone who joins our team will get the chance to meet our morning team and raise money for St. Jude.
"I'd like to see the whole city turn out, because this is an event that moms and dads and kids of all ages can participate in," ALSAC CEO Rick Shadyac said.
Now, this is not the St. Jude Marathon. You don't need to train! You can run the 5K, but you can also just walk the race with us and your friends, who will all be enjoying a nice morning supporting one of the best things Memphis has to offer.
One participant in the Walk/Run will be 9-year-old Will Housman.
"I'm just going to walk. I'm not going to run," Housman laughed.
He's a patient at St. Jude who will benefit from the money raised during the fundraiser. His father, Hunter, said Will started having headaches earlier this year; when the pain refused to stop, Hunter took his son to a doctor.
"Part of the workup for that was he had an MRI. And it showed he had what turned out to be a very rare brain tumor," Hunter said.
In July, the Housmans packed up, left their home in Kentucky, and came to Memphis to receive treatment at St. Jude.
"Tremendous amount of support, real support: housing, food, transportation," Hunter said.
Part of that support comes from people willing to donate and participate in the Walk/Run fundraiser, so click here to learn more about the race or donate.