Mason City

Year Started: 2010
Run Distance: 49.5 mi.
Fundraising Commitment: $1,000
Run Segments: 1.3-3.2 mi.

Jessie (Zach’s sister and Nancy’s daughter) was a St. Jude Patient from 2004-2010. She passed away on November 3, 2010 at the age of 10. We do this run in memory of her and all St. Jude kids.


Zach Baugher, Coordinator, 217-828-0083

Nancy Baugher, Coordinator/Treasurer,, 217-737-5244

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Why I Run

For the love and hopes of the kids. Love the comradery as well!

Melissa Nicole Bakel October 23, 2014

As the holidays of 2008 came and went, we noticed a change in Tess.  Our sweet princess seemed to be tired, a little pale, and sporadically complaining of leg pain.  We took her to our family doctor for a check up and blood work.  Nothing was alarming, so we decided to wait and watch.  Within a week, we could easily see that she was getting worse.  Tess had several body scans and tests which kept coming back with no clear answer.  Our family was sent to St. Jude in Peoria in January of 2009 where we were given life-changing news.  Tess, 3 at the time, had a tumor in her adrenal gland and cancer cells in her bone marrow.  She was diagnosed with stage 4, high-risk neuroblastoma.   We were lucky enough to stay at the Midwest Affiliate in Peoria for her initial diagnosis and her first surgery.  She had a week to recover and then we headed to Memphis.  Tess was given a 20-30% prognosis at that time.

Between Memphis and Peoria, Tess faced 10 months of chemotherapy, a stem-cell harvest and transplant, several surgeries, 13 rounds of radiation and 6 month antibody therapy treatment.  When we started the journey, the antibody was not available.  Because of the on-going research happening at St. Jude, Tess’s prognosis jumped to 70%!  Not only does St. Jude provide cutting edge medical treatment, they also provide HOPE.  Without the care and love that every staff member showered on our entire family, hope would have been lost.  St. Jude was able to care for Tess’s medical needs, our emotional needs, as well as our financial needs.  St. Jude saved our daughter’s life.

Today, Tess is a healthy, happy 9 year old girl.  She is in 4th grade and loves to play outside, shop, cook, and dreams to one day be an artist.  This July, she will celebrate a milestone and earn a new title, “cured”.

Princess Tess Swearingen October 23, 2014

I have healthy kids that can run do I run for those who can’t

Quarter Auction (St. Jude Eureka to Peoria Run) @ The Bowling Alley
May 26 @ 5:00 pm
St. Jude Washington Golf Outing @ Pine Lakes Golf Course
May 27 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
3rd Annual Brimfield St. Jude 2-Mile Race @ Brimffield High School
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm
Walking for Amy – St. Jude Fundraiser @ Roanoke Park
Jun 4 @ 8:00 am
@ James Knox Park
Jul 9 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am



Tacos for Tots (St. Jude Running Central to Peoria Run) @ El Zarape
Jul 9 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Rob Ulrich from Mindset Evolution will be playing from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

20% of all sales will be donated to the St. Jude Running Central to Peoria Run

VIP Memphis Bus Trip
Jul 26 @ 6:30 am – Jul 27 @ 9:00 pm

Bus Seat:                                                                               $75.00/person

Crowne Plaza Hotel Room:                                               $150.00

Breakfast (Wednesday morning at hospital):               $10.00/person

Dinner at Lambert’s:                                                          $25.00/person


                          Single                1 Couple

$260.00          $370.00 or $185.00/person to share a room    (Limit 4 people to room with 2 double beds)

**No refunds after June 17, 2016**

For additional information or to sign up, please contact Mollie Kelley (309-566-3507), Katie Gibbons (309-566-3506), or Ashlynn Miller (309-566-3517).


Craft & Vendor Fair @ Bartonville American Legion
Aug 13 @ 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Please visit the Craft & Vendor Fair at the Bartonville American Legion on Saturday August 13, 2016 to help support the St. Jude Bartonville to Peoria Run.

For more information, please contact Tom Fahey at (309) 370-0952 or Dianna Phelps at (309) 634-1173.

St. Jude Washington Kids’ Run Color Me A Cure @ Oak Ridge Park Washington
Aug 27 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Trivia Bowl @ Big Horse Vineyard
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tony Helmuth October 23, 2014