Runners across the country hit Virginia Beach running to end childhood cancer

VirginiaMEMPHIS, Tenn. (August 30, 2017) – This month, thousands will gather to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon. This year, race participants have the chance to run for free by fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® as St. Jude Heroes.

Nearly 200 St. Jude Heroes, participants who fundraise on behalf of the hospital, will travel from across the country to run and support the kids of St. Jude, where families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Together, they have raised more than $46,000 and counting as of August 30.

One such St. Jude Hero is St. Jude patient parent Scott. His son Aaron was diagnosed with a brain tumor in when Scott, who is active duty in the U.S. Navy, was deployed overseas. After returning home to Virginia, Scott and his family left for Memphis for treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. After undergoing successful treatments at St. Jude, Aaron is now celebrating his fifth year cancer free. Realizing how much his son went through at such a young age inspired Scott to challenge himself by running a half marathon. Scott says that running a half marathon is easy compared to everything his son went through.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Dedicated to finding cures and saving children, treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened over 50 years ago.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon weekend includes a half marathon, 5K, and Mile on the Sand Labor Day weekend September 2-3.

After the races on Sunday, runners will celebrate with a post-race concert featuring Sister Hazel. The party doesn’t stop there. In addition to the post-race concert, half marathon and 5K runners get access to attend the American Music Festival on the beach Sunday night. All runners will receive a finisher’s medal, Brooks technical t-shirt and personalized finisher certificate.

Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, September 2 through Saturday, September 3 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Dozens of retailers will be on hand, offering the latest in nutrition and fitness apparel.

About Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon

The 2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon, 5K and Mile on the Sand will take place the weekend of Friday, September 1 through Sunday, September 3. The half marathon will give runners a first-class tour of Virginia Beach starting at 14th Street and Pacific and finishing at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Runners can rock to the sounds of live, local bands along with enthusiastic cheerleaders to keep participants moving. The event concludes with a finish line festival and daytime concert with Sister Hazel in partnership with the American Music Festival. The Expo will have numerous vendors featuring the latest in running gear, nutrition and training tips. To register for the race or for more information visit RunRocknRoll.com/Virginia-Beach or follow us on Twitter @RunRocknRoll.

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. 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 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we 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, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

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