September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the US, and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has proclaimed Friday September 7 as Childhood Cancer Awareness day in Evansville. Please join SamStrong as we GO GOLD during the month, showing your support for continued research towards finding a cure for childhood cancer.
Sam and the kids of St. Jude delivered beautiful weather for the 2017 St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend. Andy, Tammy, Susan, and Evan represented SamStrong in the 5k. Thanks to the great weather and the commitment of so many people, over $10.3 million was raised with over 25,000 participants across the 4 races. St. Jude added a special recognition this year. All race participants whose family lost a child to cancer wore purple wristbands. We were touched by the many shows of support we received from other participants who saw our bands.
Thank you to Painting With A Twist for hosting our 2017 Painting With A Purpose fundraiser for St. Jude. We had a great time raising money for a wonderful cause! This year’s painting — a beach scene — was inspired by Sam’s love of the beach and our memories of wonderful family vacations. Thanks to everyone who came. Your support means a lot to our family and to the kids of St. Jude.
For the third year, SamStrong was well represented at the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend. Andy, Tammy, Susan, Evan, Dan, and Patty all participated in the 5k and all did very well! Overall, the weekend was a huge success, with over 23,000 total participants raising $10 million. Especially inspiring was the portion of the run that went through the St. Jude campus, where the street was lined by St. Jude doctors, nurses, patients, and families.
This year’s SamStrong Childhood Cancer Awareness Football Game on Friday September 9 had the largest crowd since the event started! Mayor Lloyd Winnecke issued a proclamation declaring September 9, 2016 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Day in Evansville. A huge “Thank you!” to the students, faculty, and parents at Memorial High School and St. John the Baptist School for keeping the spirit of SamStrong alive and for purchasing and continued wearing of your SamStrong shirts. Special thanks to the SamStrong Club for organizing the very successful tailgate party. The students and faculty at Mater Dei High School also deserve thanks for joining with Memorial to help defeat childhood cancer.