Celebrities Team Up With Cancer Patients for Fund-Raising Torch Relay in Long Beach

Media Invited Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. - noon

Jun 06, 2007, 01:00 ET from Miller Children's Hospital

    LONG BEACH, Calif., June 6 /PRNewswire/ --
      What:     More than 50 celebrities staring in children's television shows
                and movies (see attached) will join 200 children with cancer,
                sickle cell disease and other serious blood disorders on
                Saturday, June 9, as they run, walk, wheel or are carried in a
                relay, passing an Olympic-style torch to raise funds for the
                Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center at Miller Children's
                Hospital in Long Beach.
      When      Saturday, June 9
                8 - 9 a.m. registration
                9 - 11 a.m. Torch Run
                11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Torch Run ends and carnival games begin
                --   High-fives and cheers of elation as patients and sponsors
                     pass the torch
                --   Multiple relay runners circling the grassy hill at the
                     center of Rainbow Harbor Esplanade
                --   Patients receiving a medal after completing each lap
                --   Interviews with celebrities, patients and their families
                For more than 21 years, celebrities have joined kids with
                cancer in a relay featuring an Olympic-style torch. All
                children who participate in the relay are given a medal as they
                complete their laps. What makes this race unique from other
                walks is that sponsors do more than write a check-they get to
                walk or run in a group with their sponsored patient making
                every step personal.
      Why:      The Torch Run is a way for patients to celebrate another year
                won in the fight against cancer/blood disorders and for
                families to remember loved ones lost. Among this group is
                Christine Cameron whose daughter Hannah was diagnosed with
                acute lymphoblastic leukemia at Miller Children's Hospital when
                she was only 6 years old. She decided to participate in the
                Torch Run that year and has not stopped passing the baton
                since. Hannah-now 15 years old-and her family and friends have
                raced their way through Rainbow Harbor for nine years.
                Since Hannah was diagnosed, Christine has taken a personal
                stake in Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center at Miller
                Children's. When she is not teaching and helping at risk
                teenagers earn their diplomas she is volunteering at Jonathan
                Jaques, which earned her the distinction of Courage Honoree at
                this year's Torch Run.
      Where:    The 22nd annual Champions Run for Life event, known as the
                "Torch Run," will take place at the Long Beach Rainbow Harbor
                Esplanade (adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific).
                  2007 Miller Children's Torch Run Celebrities
                               As of June 1, 2007
      Myles Jeffrey - 11:11, The Ant Bully
      Angus T. Jones - Two and a Half Men
      Kyle Massey - Cory in the House, That's So Raven
      Chris Massey - Zoey 101
      Matthew Underwood - Zoey 101
      Carly Schroeder - Gracie, Eye of the Dolphin, Lizzie McGuire
      Hunter Schroeder-Gracie, Eye of the Dolphin
      Arlen Escarpeta - We Are Marshall, American Dreams
      Debra Wilson Skelton - Cordially Invited, MADtv
      Shanica Knowles - Hannah Montana, Jump In!, Unfabulous
      Tyler Steelman - Suite Life of Zack&Cody, 2007 movie Beowolf
      Keegan Holst - Big Love
      Chip Hormess 2008 Movie-Walk Hard, Criminal Minds
      Sarah Ramos - American Dreams, Runaway
      Jillian Clare - Against Type, Days of Our Lives
      Cole Evan Weiss - House, Cat's Bad Hair Day, Rebound
      Bobby Preston Weiss - Criminal Minds, Motocross Kids
      Dani Goldman - Days of Our Lives, That's So Raven
      Owen P. Evans - The Final Season
      Anthony Ghannam - Bambi II, The Emperor's New Groove
      Nick Ghannam - M.O.G., Head 2 Toe
      Nnamdi Asomugha - Oakland Raiders
      Austin Majors - NYPD Blue, The Ant Bully
      Kali Majors - Faceless
      Emma Degerstedt - Unfabulous
      Bobby Edner - Spy Kids 3D Game over
      Ashley Edner - Listen Up
      Auriel Armstrong - Ask Auri
      Julia Ling - Studio 60 on Sunset Strip, ER
      Los Angeles Laker Girls
      Frisco's Girls - American Idol contestants
      Monica Parales - Get Up and Jam
      Sean Neff - Cold Case, The Bold and the Beautiful
      Rob Pinkston - Punk'd
      Daniel Lee - Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
      Nathaniel Lee - My Dog Skip, Tiger Cruise
      Barbara Niven
      Alejandro Patino - Delta Farce
      Frankie Foti - Frankie
      Clayton Snyder - Lizzie McGuire
      Allen Alvarado - Flight 29 Down
      Griffin Reilly Evans - The Sandlot 2
      Cole Marcus - America's Most Talented Kids
      Danielle Keaton - The Headhunter, Beethoven's 3rd
      Josh Keaton - Spiderman animated TV series, Even Stevens movie
      Vinnie Pergola - That's So Raven
      Shyann McClure - Premonition
      Trevor Gagnon - New Adventures of Old Christine, Big Fish
      Lauren Storm - Flight 29 Down
      Tatum McCann - Click
      Riley McCann - The Wager
      Hailey McCann - Jericho
      Jason Williams - Reno 911 Miami
      Saige Ryan Campbell - Believers, I Heart Huckabees
      Benita Nall - American Dreams, Criminal Minds
      Lauren Clinton - Bridge to Terabithia
      Renee Olstead - Still Standing
      Rachel Sibner - Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
      Jordan Wright - The Dream Girls, Yours, Mine and Ours
                               COSTUME CHARACTERS
                              Belmont Shore Lions
                      Shrimp Louie - Bubba Gump Shrimp Co
                         Geoffrey the Giraffe-Toys r Us
                 Summer The Sea Otter - Aquarium of the Pacific
                         Chick Fil A Cow - Chick Fil A
     * Appearances by celebrities, while confirmed as of this date, are
 subject to availability on the day of the event

SOURCE Miller Children's Hospital