Every year, about 250 children in the state of Connecticut are diagnosed with cancer.
On Sunday, over a thousand people laced up their running shoes to raise funds for the vital cancer research at Connecticut Children’s that so many of those kids rely on.
The 10th annual Jamie’s Run kicked off at Standish Park in Wethersfield at 9.a.m. with their 5K, 3K and Kids Fun Runs.
The event was inspired by Jamie Knotts, who was diagnosed with a rare liver cancer at 11 weeks old and lost her battle in 2010 at just 5 and a half months.
Her parents, Kurt and Kelly, started Jamie’s Run to celebrate their daughter’s life, raise those vital funds for research, and give other families going through what they went through a sense of hope.
“We were so moved by the care that we received there, and the other families that we met, that we really felt that we needed to give back,” Kurt Knotts said.
“We were devastated,” said Jamie’s grandmother, Jan Knotts, of her granddaughter’s passing. “It was amazing because it turned out to be such a happy time because Connecticut Children’s and their staff and family and friends just created this warm blanket. And it makes me cry to think about it.”
Jamie’s Run has raised over $400,000 over the years.