Springdale EAST Creates 5K Walk/Run for St. Jude's Hospital


Springdale EAST Creates 5K Walk/Run for St. Jude's Hospital
8/14/2013 4:41:06 PM

EAST students make a difference in Springdale with Makin’ Moves/Fighting Cancer 5K Walk/Run to benefit children's hospital.

Springdale, AR (Dec. 16, 2010)  Springdale High School students created the first ever walkathon in Northwest Arkansas to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The walk was held on Saturday, November 20, 2010, in the area surrounding the school.

Over 70 walkers, which included EAST students, were in attendance and either walked or ran a 5K course in the shape of an “S” around the school. EAST student Craig Thompson was treated at the hospital in Memphis, Tennessee as a 1-year-old, for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

He and students Emily Knoedl and Manuel Tejada arranged the walk and advertised it through local radio station KIX 103.9. They were interviewed by Craig Cannon on the 40/29 Northwest Arkansas news. “It was great how the community could get together and help children. It shows how much people care to help in the world,” said Craig when asked about the walk.

The event was an overall success; the students raised nearly $1,000 for the hospital and helped raise awareness of the hospital, which helps children fighting for their lives every day.

For more information about Springdale High School’s EAST program, please contact EAST Facilitator Karrie Hutchins at 479.750.8832 ext 0416.




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