US RRT at St Jude Walk/Run in Philadelphia PA
September is the National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to rally the community in support of the mission and all the lifesaving work being done at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The treatments invented at St. Jude Hospital have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened in 1962. St. Jude also freely shares the breakthroughs they make so that doctors and scientists worldwide can use the same knowledge to save thousands more children.
The Rapid Relief Team from Philadelphia volunteered at the St. Jude Fundraising Event in September 2015 to show their support to the event teams and other volunteer services, and overall to ensure the event was a great success. The volunteers set up a rest stop at the one mile post along the course and handed out cups of water to distribute to the participants as they passed.
This event was held at the Philadelphia Zoo and as the registration opened at 7:30am the participants began to crowd in from the parking areas. An hour later the opening ceremony rounded everyone together to get the event started. At 9:00am the run began and at 9:10am the walkers followed down the same path.
At the end of the event, RRT packed up and thanked the Event Coordinators for the opportunity to support the St. Jude Mission. Thanks to fundraisers like this, families of St. Jude patients never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, which means all they need to worry about is helping their child to get better.