We can’t help but admire all those who participated in the sixth annual St. Jude Run/Walk fundraiser Saturday at Walter B. Jones Park in Havelock.
We admire anyone who can run a mile, or a 5- or 10-kilometer race. It’s not easy.
We admire them for fighting for a cause. Cancer affects far too many children, and the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., is considered among the world’s top treatment and research hospitals for children with cancer.
And on top of all that, we admire them for going out in what was truly a Carolina deluge of rain and associated wind and cold temperatures to run the race.
The one thing that runners and walkers told us over and over again was that they would not let something like rain get in the way of the effort to raise money to support the hospital that they said saves lives.
“It’s great to see when people come together for a purpose,” a soaking wet Sean Gorman told us after his run. “It’s nice to see. Even though we’re all just running together in this terrible weather, we’re trying to achieve something greater. We’re trying to fight against cancer. It’s great to see everyone come together for that cause.”
Ed Taylor and his 12-year-old daughter Maris, bundled in rain gear for the run, said they were not about to miss the race because of some rain.
“We know this is a great cause, raising money for St. Jude’s,” he said. “Running in the rain is not a big deal when you consider what the children that need these services go through every day. We’re going to get wet, but it’s a great cause.”
Debbie Holmes started the first St. Jude run six years ago. She continues to be passionate about the cause. Participants in this year’s race went out and raised $11,000 in pledges, bringing the total amount raised in the six years of the event to $108,000.
Beyond the support of individuals, the business community in Havelock and the surrounding area has supported the race as well, donating various prizes and other items for the participants.
The race has grown into a springtime tradition in Havelock. Maybe next year, the event will have better spring weather. But even if it rains enough to warrant the construction of an ark, we know the good people of Havelock will be out there again, battling the elements to help others battle what can be a deadly disease. They deserve our appreciation.