Six officers are working to raise $500 each for the 2016 St. Jude Memphis Marathon on Dec. 3 for a $3,000 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The team is starting out in the event’s 5K with the goal of moving up to the longer races in future years.
Major Josh Fortenberry said the idea to participate was inspired by young cancer patient Addie Paige Pratt, who has acute myeloid leukemia.
“Any opportunity to reach out and help the community, we are going to do it,” he said.
With more than 22,000 participants, the marathon is the largest single-day fundraising event for St. Jude. The event includes a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and kids marathon. St. Jude touts the race as “the best tour of Memphis you can get on two feet.”
While registration fees offset the cost of the race, the funds raised by St. Jude Heroes go directly to the hospital. The Corinth team members are participants in the Heroes program.
The fundraising dollars help ensure no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
Contact Fortenberry at 286-3377 or firstname.lastname@example.org to donate.