LeAnn and Cameron Jackson at the 2009 Angels Among Us event.
With a big smile on this face, little Cameron Jackson ran the last 50 yards of the Angels Among Us 5K with his mom, LeAnn; crossing the finish line after the greatest battle of his life. Cameron was diagnosed in February, 2008, with Medulloblastoma. After surgery, he endured months of radiation and chemotherapy along with physical therapy to learn how to walk again. During this time, Cameron would often say “I just want to be able to run and play again!” And, run and play he did at the 2009 Angels Among Us 5K!
Angels Among Us is a celebration of life, strength, courage and commitment. It has become a national event, with thousands coming from all across the country to volunteer, participate, and make a difference.
The event begins with a 5K run through the Duke campus, and then features a wonderful family fun walk through the beautiful Sarah P. Duke Gardens. It has a family-friendly focus with entertainment, food, raffle, souvenirs, activities and prizes for children, and a closing ceremony where the top ten fundraising teams receive an award, and the grand total for the event is announced.
The success of Angels Among Us has continued to grow each year with the help of many committed volunteers, Duke staff, and the teams made up of families and friends of those who have had brain or spinal tumors. At the first event in 1994, a total of $27,000 was raised. This year’s event raised over $1,410,540. Unbelievable!
Take a look at the WTVD-TV/DT Raleigh-Durham, NC ABC News Segment from the 2009 Angels Among Us 5K.
Save the date – April 24, 2010 – to participate in the next Angels Among Us 5K to benefit the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke—Angels.
And, remember…Feed Your Good Dog, so your good dog always wins!
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