Chicago to Peoria St. Jude Run

By WEEK Producer

August 6, 2010 Updated Aug 6, 2010 at 8:11 PM CDT

A big event taking place Saturday is the St. Jude Telethon.

We have been talking about the Memphis to Peoria for the past couple of days, but there are also 22 satellite runs that take place from community's around the state.

The Chicago to Peoria runners hit the road Friday morning in order to make it to Peoria by the telethon Saturday night.

180 runners, including former reporter Emily West, are ready to take off for the 15th annual run. For one team, Team Whitey's, it's a family affair.

Two sets of sisters, all cousins, all running for the kids of Saint Jude.

Runner Katy Lambert says, "once you do it, and you meet all the people, you do it year after year ."

Megan Malouf who also runs explains,"I'm doing it because I have four kids, and if they were sick, I know Saint Jude would take care of me, and I can run for those who can't. "

This powerful group of women says being able to do this as a family while being to help others makes it even more worth while.

One Saint Jude's patients memory is at the forefront for many of the runners. Connie Davis-Cressy from Elmwood says, "running for Dax. I have goosebumps right now. You always remember the patients that are with us, it's really nice that his family works to keep his family alive and we are running in his honor even though we aren't fighting for his life, his memory is helping us run."

And these runners say as long as there's a need, they'll keep on running.

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