31st Annual Champions Run for Life Torch Run Raises $175K

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 Surrounded by friends, family and supporters, Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center patients carried the torch across the finish line at the 31st Annual Champions Run for Life Torch Run.


Surrounded by friends, family and supporters, Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center patients
carried the torch across the finish line at the 31st Annual Champions Run for Life Torch Run.

On Saturday, June 11, more than 200 current and former pediatric cancer and blood disorder patients from Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach crossed the finish line with their sponsors at the 31st Annual Champions Run for Life “Torch Run.”

Surrounded by their families, physicians and supporters, all attendees were united in raising awareness and honoring those currently battling, those who lost their fight and those who overcame their battle against these childhood diseases.

This year’s Torch Run raised more than $175,000 to support comprehensive care, research and support programs for children treated at JJCCC.

The Olympic-style relay race was full of inspirational and uplifting moments as patients crossed the finish line to receive their medal – all while being cheered on by family, friends, sponsors and celebrities. The day-long event kicked off with the national anthem sang by Disney actress Raini Rodriguez. Shortly after, the relay race commenced, in which patient “champions” carried a torch – a symbol of hope for a cure – as they walked, ran, wheeled or were carried the one-eighth mile celebratory lap. Then they passed the torch to the next “champion,” together getting one step closer to the finish line.

“It truly warms my heart to see how much support and compassion the community has for children who have battled or are currently battling cancer and serious blood disorders,” says Jacqueline Casillas, M.D., medical director, JJCCC, Miller Children’s. “Events such as the Torch Run are important to give our community the opportunity to come together and celebrate our champions’ journeys.”

Donations from the Torch Run support new, innovative treatments for Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center patients, crucial supportive care programs for their families and expand clinical research efforts. Future generations and their families, continue to benefit from this event, as proceeds help continue research efforts to discover new breakthroughs. Children’s lives are being saved today because of research funded by events such as the Champions Run for Life Torch Run.

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