Jamie’s Run- Building a Cure for Childhood Cancer One Block at a Time

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Its time to change gears a little bit here.  I will be running  my first 5k  on November 6th…(yes, RUNNING – well, truth be told, its really more a “perky walk” but I will be running Jamie’s Run, aka the JK5K-(want to sponsor?  Head to Active.com and find me), this year, not walking, and my 2 older kids will be running again.  Why?   

You see, our lives, as so many others, have been forever touched and changed by a sweet little angel named Jamie Lynn Knotts.  Jamie was born just 2 weeks before my youngest, and lost her battle with a very rare cancer at just 5.5 months.  Jamie should be here, playing with her brother, having friends, being a 2 year old and loving her life, but unfortunately, her fight wasn’t a fair one, and she didn’t win.  I remember at her funeral, the priest spoke of Jamie as a Love Magnet- and she was, still is, in fact.  Her story went out to so many- her parents’ family and friends, our MOMS club, her parents’ coworkers, their friends, their families- my friends, my family, their friends and family…and word spread.  There were people all over the world praying for a miracle for this sweet, beautiful girl.  That’s a lot of love poured out for a tiny little girl- but it brought so many together when so much tears us all apart these days.  It even inspired a wonderful children’s musician, Frances England,  to write a song for Jamie. 

Its a very sad story, that for many might have just ended on a sad note, but with parents like Kurt and Kelly Knotts, the story doesn’t end- it goes on a different path, one of help, of hope, of love and of light.   Kurt and Kelly turned their pain and grief and channelled that energy into helping others- last year, to help raise money for a treatment center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, this year, for clinical trials.   I don’t need to go into all of this- you can find it all out at www.jamiesrun.org. 

I would love if you want to sponsor me for Jamie’s Run, but even more importantly, it would make me so, so happy if you would read the story, and share about the race with your friends and family.  Like Jamie’s Run on Facebook- share the website or event on your Facebook wall- make a donation- bring a meal to a family who is living through the same experience the Knotts did- just share, or pray, or, if you are local, come JOIN us.  Please.  The realities of cancer are cruel and ugly and its because of events like this that maybe one more child or family gets some support or help- or one more child can be part of a clinical trial.

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  • Thanks for posting. I really liked that video

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  • Touching story

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  • thank you for sharing that wonderful heartwarming story and good luck on your run,

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  • I’m going to share this story! So touching!!

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  • Good luck on your run – I bet it really will be a run, not that perky walk. Such a good cause

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  • wht an awesome idea,wish u lotsa luck !!!!!

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  • Best of luck wi th the run. It is for a wonderful cause and the kids will appreciate it very much

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  • So great what you are doing!

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  • anything to support cancer!

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  • Good luck with your 5k run/walk :D Jamie’s family and everyone else going through the same ordeal will forever be in my prayers. It’s so heart breaking to hear about these things.

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  • Not a dry eye here…Think this is such a great cause!

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  • What an amazing story! And what a great cause to be supporting!

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  • this is awesome good luck to everyone

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  • Wow, this brought tears to my eyes. How wonderful of Jamie’s parents to turn such a sad event into something inspiring and full of hope. Good luck on your run!

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  • great read

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  • Wow what a story! I liked Jamie’s Run on fb (Jennifer Messer M)

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  • OMG this brought tears to my eyes…. Peace be with you =)

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  • I have shared this on FB, Twitter, stumble and my blog…. Cancer has touched my life in so many ways and it just breaks my heart when it is a child…

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  • I liked Jamie’s run on fb and I always find it so inspiring when parents do something meaningful after the loss of a child. I am not sure I could even go on, I am sure they are amazing people. God bless their little angel.

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  • Good Luck! I ran (or perky walked) my first 5K a week ago and I was so proud of myself…you can do it…slow and steady

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  • I liked Jamie’s run on fb and will help spread the word. Thanks for the post!

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  • I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Jamie. I think it takes incredible courage and strength for a family to take such a loss and turn it into a win for others as this family has been doing.

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  • Awesome- thanks for sharing such an amazing cause!

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  • Such a sad story! I wish I was nearby so I could do something besides just liking the FB page!
    carriedust@yahoo.com

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  • What a wonderful benefit and cause! Such a sad, heartbreaking story, but this is such a nice gathering and event in her honor!

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  • Followed you here from the like-you-back hop. I really love your blog design.

    http://ourbananamoments.blogspot.com/

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  • It’s truly awesome what they are doing to honor her memory and help other kids! :) AND awesome that you’ll be running! I might have to join ya!!

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    • please do. and please share on your site and facebook wall. they are hoping to hit 1000 entrants this year

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  • Thank you so much for this post. Childhood cancer is close to my heart and is so often not talked about or just pushed to the side. The kids deserve more. Thank you for your passion and the links to the JK5K, I’ll be heading there next! -Kyle

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