Richwoods


Year Started: 2004
Run Distance: 30 mi.
Fundraising Commitment: $750
Run Segments: 1-4 mi. segments
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In the spring of 2004, the senior class at Richwoods lost a remarkable classmate, Nick Rudolph. Nick was a friend to all he met. Nick had bravely battled an aggressive form of leukemia for over a year, never giving up hope. He found humor in every situation, bringing smiles to the faces of nurses, doctors, and RHS friends and faculty. Nick loved St. Jude and told everyone about the amazing place he was receiving treatment. Unfortunately, Nick passed away on February 8, 2004, but since then, his legacy has lived on in a way that no one ever expected. The students and faculty at Richwoods teamed up in a time of grief and loss to create something positive to remember Nick.  Since then, the Richwoods St. Jude Run has raised over $200,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Nick Rudolph. This event is a testimony that a few people can make a huge difference as the legacy of one person touches the lives of thousands. And although we cannot control some things in life, we can come together to build hope and opportunity in the wake of devastation. Join us today to carry on the memory of a St. Jude Hero as we fight to save the lives of so many others.

Coordinators

Paige Dodson, Coordinator
paige.ensinger@gmail.com

Nick Chumbley, Coordinator
nick.chumbley@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

Why not…it is mind clearing and I do it to help others in their quest to be healthier.

Holly Becker Geier October 23, 2014

For the kids. Always the kids.

Meryl Brown October 23, 2014