More than 1,000 runners and walkers jumped at the chance to join Jamie’s Run in Wethersfield on Sunday morning.
“I actually run it for a little boy named Luke Dunn. He died three years ago. I run every year in memory of him,” said Amy Camilleri, of Wethersfield.
Many had touching reasons for wanting to take part in a 5K, 3K Charity Walk or Kids K Fun Run.
And it all raises money for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
“It’s super gratifying. It’s sort of amazing to us how far-reaching our mission has been or how far-reaching Jamie’s spirit has been for us,” said Kelly Knotts.
Kelly Knotts and her husband, Kurt, started the event in honor of their daughter, Jamie.
She was diagnosed with a rare type of liver tumor and passed away in January 2010 at the age of five and a half months.
“We’ve had such a great core of supporters that have been with us since our battle when Jamie was in the hospital. People really rallied around us. We wanted to keep that energy going,” said Kurt Knotts.
With the help of a team of volunteers, Jamie’s Run is now in its 9th year and benefits Pediatric Clinical Trials and Family Assistance programs.
So far, the group has donated more than $380,000 to CCMC.
“They tell us it makes a difference and they’re just so grateful for it, because it really does,” said Kelly Knotts.