Local benefit raises money for St. Jude

By Beau Ebenezer

Local benefit raises money for St. Jude

June 14, 2014 Updated Jun 14, 2014 at 3:04 PM CDT

YATES CITY, Ill -- A local run is back again and it's expected to raise more money than ever.

The 12th annual My Place Saint Jude Benefit Run kicked off Saturday morning in Yates City.

60 people participated in the 5K walk/run.

It was followed by kids carnival games and a live auction.

Organizers from the small community said they are happy to contribute to such a great cause.

"The whole town comes together, and surrounding communities come and help us out too," said co-organizer, John McKinty. "It's really great to see everyone in the community come together for this event to raise money for childhood cancer."

"It's because of events like this and all the people that donate," said dad of former St. Jude patient, Mike Harms. "That's how this comes about happening. They saved my daughter. They saved us financially."

Organizers hope to raise $100,000 this year.

That's $5,000 more than last year's event.

Proceeds directly benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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