St. Jude runners finish in Peoria

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PEORIA, Ill. — On Saturday, thousands of runners made it to Peoria as a part of the 38th annual St. Jude runs.

Since 1982, people in central Illinois have been running for the cause.

“We’re really proud of Central Illinois and the things they do for the kids of St. Jude,” said Gina Seghetti, with St. Jude.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital provides cancer treatment and care for patients and families.

“Radiation, chemotherapy, surgeries, and then on top of that, all kinds of other therapies like OT and PT,” said Julie Pennington.

St. Jude does it all without charging a dime.

Julie Pennington, whose son Nathan battled a form of brain cancer, is grateful for the support St. Jude gave.

“If we were to add up the bills, from his four years of treatment, it would be millions, and millions, and millions of dollars,” said Pennington.

For the past seven years, the Pennington family and friends have used Nathan and Olivia’s Lemonade Stand to raise money for St. Jude.

“We made 35 gallons of lemonade and we had 400 bottles of water,” said Pennington.

Runners from East Peoria, Washington, and Eureka enjoyed treats at the stand and stopped to take a break.

On Saturday, over 30 satellite runs made their way to Peoria.

“They have been working really hard to fund raise for the kids of St. Jude and they are beyond stoppable,” said Jill Libert, with St. Jude.

The money the teams raised will go to St. Jude’s goal of fighting childhood cancer.

“Cancer has touched every single person that runs through this place and we’re not gonna stop until no child dies from cancer,” said Bridget Wallace with St. Jude.

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