The Blood, Sweat and Tears 5-Miler is located in Lawn, PA, about 8 miles from Hershey. We are pleased to welcome the Emily Whitehead Foundation as an official charity for this year’s run. Below is just a brief introduction to Emily. We encourage you to go to the foundation’s website at www.emilywhiteheadfoundation.org to learn more about her and the foundation.
Nine year old Emily Whitehead is living proof that cancer research can save lives. Emily was just five years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Although ALL is commonly regarded as a highly curable form of blood cancer and considered the “good leukemia” to have, Emily suffered a series of setbacks and relapses which dropped her chances of survival to less than 30%. Despite a dismal prognosis, Emily was able to beat the odds by participating in an experimental clinical trial at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Thanks to the life-saving cancer research being done at CHOP, today Emily is cancer-free, healthy and happy. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society helped to finance this research that saved Emily’s life, and now the lives of other children as well.
Grateful for the research that saved Emily’s life; her family has started a foundation; The Emily Whitehead Foundation, to raise awareness and vital funds for pediatric cancer research. Emily’s story has generated world-wide attention with stories on Emily appearing in the New York Times, Forbes, PARENTS Magazine, The Doctors show, HBO, PBS and Stand Up To Cancer. She has even met President Obama who read her story. They hope this attention will lead to increased funding for pediatric cancer and ultimately a cure.
The Blood, Sweat & Tears 5-Miler is proud to team up with the Emily Whitehead Foundation. We have the same goal; to see blood cancer eradicated from the face of the earth. In 2016, participants can sign up to do the run, and raise money on their own to donate to the Foundation.