Run for Cancer 2009

A partnership between WTOK-TV, the Community Foundation of East Mississippi, and Jeff Anderson Regional Cancer Center to benefit cancer patients enters its second year.

The money raised for the Cancer Benevolence Fund goes to cancer patients in east Mississippi and west Alabama.

Last year I entered the 26.2 mile Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, Ala. I finished that race in about 5 hours and 40 minutes. It was a grueling race for me. It was my first time running a marathon.

But most importantly, because of the attention it brought, you gave money to help cancer patients face many challenges when they undergo treatment. From medicine to gasoline costs to travel to radiation treatments. The list of needs for families is long. Last year, you generously gave more than $5,500.

This year, the money for the Cancer Benevolence Fund will be even greater, thanks to a $4,000 grant from the Plum Creek Foundation.

I'll run the Rocket City Marathon again, on Dec. 13. Newscenter 11 will bring you stories each Monday this month to raise awareness about cancer and how we can fight it. Look for your invitation to contribute here at

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