The community stepped up, in their tennis shoes, to raise money for the Anderson Cancer Center Patient Benevolence Fund.
WTOK asked employers to allow workers to wear tennis shoes in exchange for $5 donation to the fund.
"When I saw the segment that Lindsey put on that you can help by just wearing tennis shoes to work and paying five dollars, I thought it was a great way to just do a little bit to help somebody," said Becky Sims, loan secretary at Citizens Bank.
"Any time we do any sort of fundraiser, this school has always totally backed me 100 percent," said Mindy McDaniel, teacher and fundraising organizer at Northeast Elementary School. "They always buy T-shirts or give money or whatever they can do to help, so it's a very giving place."
Everywhere I went Wednesday, someone has a story about how cancer has affected their life.
"This past December, we lost a teacher to cancer," said Lavonda Germany, principal of Poplar Springs Elementary School. "Ms. Renee Watson, she was one of our 3rd grade language arts teachers. Renee was always for fun, always for the kids, and that's what we want our kids to see. We're a family and we want to support and help others as much as possible."
By 4 p.m. Wednesday, over $1,000 had been donated to the benevolence fund, thanks to employees and faculty around the area.
Parkview Elementary in Meridian also had the giving spirit.
Faculty and staff donated $5 to the benevolence fund to wear tennis shoes. They also wore John Deere green shirts to honor the husband of Cynthia Windham, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
"It's great that people are that concerned about other people and that they're willing to help one another," said Windham. "It seems that we've kind of gotten lost in everyday life that we don't stop and say, I'm here for you."
Parkview staff raised $300 for the cause.
We also want to take a moment to recognize a group of students at Northeast Elementary who gave us some air time. The Captain's Crew is a group of eight fourth graders who broadcast the morning announcements there. They included a plug for John & Friends Run for Cancer.
Ajah Williams and Zoie Labelle made the announcement.
" John Johnson from WTOK and three others from our area will be running a marathon in New Orleans to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. The Captain's Crew wants to deliver a shout out and two huge thumbs up to John Johnson and his running mates for allowing us to participate in this worthy cause."
The Captain's Crew is led by Janet Berg.
John Johnson, Lindsey Brown, Angie Barker, and I will be running in the Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans Feb. 13 to raise money for the Anderson Cancer Center Patient Benevolence Fund. Any donations are welcome.
You may donate to the cause online. A link is provided below. There is a line where you will need to specify that you are donating to John's run.
Or you may send the donation to:
Anderson Cancer Center
c/o John & Friends 2011 Run for Cancer
1704 23rd Avenue
Meridian, MS 39301