September is an important month for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. The month is dedicated to Childhood Cancer Awareness, which is the mission of the hospital, to find a cure for childhood cancer. But it is also the month when they host their annual St. Jude Walk/Run. And the Albuquerque branch is proud to bring the local event back for the seventh straight year.
The Committee of the Walk/Run in Albuquerque announced at their March luncheon that the event will be held at the Albuquerque Academy for the first time in their seven-year history. Previously, it was held at the Albuquerque Convention Center and in its earlier years, the Cottonwood Mall.
“We are very excited to host the walk at the Academy this year,” said the head of the local board Christine Dennis. “Our committee was attracted to this location because of the accessibility, the amount of control we have over the course, and the beautiful setting for the walk.” Dennis is also the co-owner of Window World, one of the corporate sponsors of the St. Jude Walk/Run.
Dennis said she was very excited to receive the honor of becoming the head of the board, wanting to help St. Jude out in any way possible. “I have felt a calling to do whatever I could to help St. Jude for many years. I was honored when asked to be the chair, and I did not hesitate to step into the position,” she said. She is happy to continue the tradition of bringing people together for the cause and is looking to even engage participants even more into the festivities. “We are going to provide more opportunities for our walkers to learn about St. Jude, and we will have a circus theme with games and raffles.”
If you would like to participate in this year’s Walk/Run, you can sign up at fundraising.stjude.org and search for the Albuquerque St. Jude Walk/Run. The date is September 16th, the Walk is $10, and the Fun Run is $10. All proceeds will go to St. Jude. So far, according to a quick check on April 5th of the fundraising website, the local Walk has already raised $11,739, and their goal is to raise $65,000 by the day of the event.