East Peoria


Year Started: 2009
Run Distance: 0.5-2.5 mi.
Fundraising Commitment: $750 individual / $1,200 family / $250 students
Run Segments: relay style 0.5-2.5 mi.
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Nikki and Jason attended 2008 St. Jude Runs and realized that East Peoria was not represented. They were at a gathering the next day and Nikki mentioned this to Jackie. Jackie stated that she knew someone she could get information from as what was needed to start a run. So the 2009 run was started with 35 runners.

Coordinators

Jackie Harrmann, Coordinator
jackiejeep1@aol.com

Nikki Lenaway, Coordinator
nlenaway@yahoo.com

Kathye Nimmo, Treasurer
knsiskat@gmail.com

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Why I Run

I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, in September 1988. At 10 years old, the biggest worry I had ever faced was passing spelling tests…and in the blink of an eye, my biggest worry was now whether or not I was going to live or die!  But, St. Jude was there and gave me hope!  The summer after I was diagnosed, I was in Memphis getting chemotherapy, and remember meeting this strange group of people.  They were runners and were getting ready to travel back to PEORIA, for the kids of St. Jude!  Now, running was about as bad as chemo in my book, so I could not believe that people I had never even met were willing to this “horrible” thing… for me!  As the time passed, I got to know some of the runners and what amazing people they were.  In fact, they inspired another patient and me to make a promise to one another that we would get healthy enough to be runners someday.  Well, about a year after my friend and I made that pact, he passed away, never getting the chance to run.  I was determined to run for him!  But, soon after he passed and I went off chemo, I relapsed.  This time my battle seemed harder, but St. Jude never gave up on me, and the hope of becoming a runner helped me never give up either!  I am happy to say that was over 20 years ago!  I am now a HEALTHY wife, mother, and Memphis to Peoria Runner!!!  2014 was my 17th year running!  I run to prove I beat cancer, I run for all the patients who will never get the chance, I run to show current patients there is hope, and I run to show all the runners that ever step DOES make a difference in the life of a child!  Thank you!

Amy Jones October 23, 2014

It is my way of giving back for all that St. Jude has done for my family. I know that I may never be able to raise the amount necessary for what it takes to save a child’s life like my son, Kyle Strube, but I will always put forth my best effort. Thank you St. Jude!!

Denise Skaggs Strube-Pieper October 23, 2014

For my daughter Olivia. For all the children and families affected by childhood cancers. For the friends and the fun.

Tameria Patton October 23, 2014