As enthused as they were to launch the Portland, Ore., St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, which will take place on Sept. 22, patient parents Courtney and Jason still harbored some doubts.
How much interest would a fundraiser generate in a city located more than 2,200 miles from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis? Were people in their community familiar enough with St. Jude and its mission to want to participate?
Turns out, their worries were unfounded.
“We kind of hit the ground running, and we’ve had a huge amount of support,” said Courtney, who co-chairs the inaugural Portland event with her husband.
So much support has poured forth, in fact, that the group easily met an initial fundraising goal of $75,000 and raised its target to $100,000. The number of participants, previously projected at 500, now appears likely to approach 1,000.