MEMPHIS, Tenn. and SEATTLE, June 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® raised $300,000 for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases at the 11th running of the St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon & ½ Marathon.
This year 800 individuals registered as St. Jude Heroes, which means they fundraised for St. Jude while training for the marathon, half marathon and 5K. Since becoming title partner two years ago, St. Jude Heroes have raised nearly $500,000 to support the hospital's lifesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®
Thanks to the dedication of St. Jude Heroes and generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
"Thanks to the Seattle community and race participants from around the world – St. Jude Children's Research Hospital received heightened awareness while raising crucial funds to advance research and treatment for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases," said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude. "We are so grateful for our St. Jude Heroes and our partnership with the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series for supporting the efforts of St. Jude to improve access and quality of care for children everywhere. Together, we will end childhood cancer."
Since the partnership with the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series and St. Jude began in January 2016, more than 35,000 St. Jude Heroes have participated in Rock 'n' Roll races nationwide and raised more than $17 million for the hospital.
St. Jude freely shares its groundbreaking discoveries, so that every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists can use that knowledge to save thousands more around the world.
To learn more about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, register as a St. Jude Hero in an upcoming event or help a St. Jude Hero reach their fundraising goal, visit stjude.org/heroes. For more information on the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series®, visit runrocknroll.com.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, sharing stories and videos from St. Jude Inspire, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter and Instagram and subscribing to its YouTube channel.
About Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series
The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series® is the world's largest running series taking part in over 30 destination events around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series simple idea of making running fun has transformed both the U.S. and global running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. Focused on running, music and community, race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish-line festival featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, O.A.R. Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, Flo Rida, The Band Perry, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. Further information about the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series can be found online at www.RunRocknRoll.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.
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SOURCE ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital