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connect!kids Walk to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Staff Report • May 13, 2013 at 4:17 PM

JOHNSON CITY — On Saturday, May 11, Johnson City area families and The Mall at Johnson City will team up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the fight against childhood cancer.

The connect!kids walk is an event to give area residents the opportunity to help support the lifesaving mission of one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. The family-friendly walk will be held on Saturday, May 11, at the Mall at Johnson City, the event will start at 10 a.m. in front of the Guest Services Center on the lower level.

The event will include a family-friendly fun walk around the inside of the mall on the upper and lower levels. Face painting, activity and craft stations will be set up for children throughout the walk. The first 150 kids to finish the walk will receive a free Mother’s Day craft to create just for Mom. The walk and activities are free.

The Mall at Johnson City is asking for a $5 donation for connect!kids walk T-shirts. The Mall at Johnson City will match donations up to $500 total.

“We are excited to help raise awareness and funds to support the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is to find cures and save children,” said Marsha Hammond, The Mall at Johnson City Marketing Director. “The connect!kids walk will truly make a difference in helping the children of St. Jude fight cancer and other deadly diseases.”

Since opening in 1962, St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and around the world. No child is ever denied treatment because of a family’s inability to pay. With a daily operating cost of $1.7 million, St. Jude depends mostly on public contributions and fundraising events, like the connect!kids walk.

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