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Give Hope Run Helps Kids Battling Cancer by supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

EVANSVILLE — April 24, 2012 — The second annual Give Hope Run in Evansville, IN will take place on Saturday, April 28th at Burdette Park beginning at 7:30am.  The family-friendly 5K run, walk, and Kids Dash benefits the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases.  The record-breaking 2011 event raised over $65,000 and had nearly 1,200 participants. Evansville was the number one participation city in America among 80 other cities with similar St. Jude 5K events.  This year’s event has already raised over $85,000 and promises to achieve an even larger participation than last year.

Over 65 children with cancer from the Evansville Tri-State area have been treated at St. Jude in recent years. Only 6 hours drive from Evansville, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been rated the top childhood cancer hospital in America by US News and World Report.  Families never pay for treatment that insurance does not cover.

The Give Hope Run was started by the family of Evansville boy, Sean Witsoe, who lost his fight with cancer in April 2010, just two days after his and his twin brother’s 5th birthday.  “We’re proud to support St. Jude,” say Katie and Craig Witsoe, parents of Sean. “St. Jude is Evansville’s and America’s ‘local’ hospital for childhood cancer. They are the #1 rated childhood cancer hospital, never bill families for treatment, and donate their research freely to other hospitals worldwide. We are running in Sean’s memory and for so many children who continue to fight.”
Registration is $30 for the 5K and $15 for the Kids Dash. Participants are encouraged to recruit a team of family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to walk, dash, run and raise money for St. Jude.  Contact Paula Singer at paula.singer@stjude.org or 1-800-545-1696 for more information or go online to www.givehoperun.org.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.