St. Jude run from Bartonville

By Beau Ebenezer

July 21, 2012 Updated Jul 21, 2012 at 6:37 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- A brand new St Jude run from Bartonville to Peoria brought out 45 more runners Saturday.

The group took off at seven in the morning with their end point set for downtown Peoria.

Breaking for water and lunch at Steamfitters Hall, the runners didn't seem to be losing stride.

"The runners are doing great. They're encouraging eachother. They are getting plenty of fluids in. We have stops along the way where we provide them water while they are running if they need it," said run co-coordinator Tom Fahey.

Others were there to show their support and give thanks, like Evan Wooding.

His daughter Kaitlyn Wooding survived Leukemia after being diagnosed at the age of two.

"Not knowing where your funds are gonna come from, not knowing when you'll be able to get back to work because your trying to take care of your family. It's invaluable to have all that expense covered. Your meals, your lodging. Obviously the medical bills were covered. It's huge. You can't put into words what that means to a parent. Let alone the children that are receiving the care," said Wooding.

The runners from Bartonville ended their run at the Civic Center in downtown Peoria.

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