St. Jude Marathon Raises Millions for Childhood Cancer

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(Memphis) 5.7 million dollars was raised Saturday for the fight against childhood cancer.

The St. Jude Marathon set a goal of five million dollars and surpassed that.
This weekend, was the biggest event ever for the marathon.

Feet hitting the pavement was a different beat heard on Beale Saturday. More than 18 thousand people from all across the country ran through the streets of Memphis, raising money for St. Jude.

"They are champions in this fight against cancer at St. Jude. We do everything we can to support the families and kids. It takes a lot of money to take care of them," said runner, Erica Pucci.

It costs 1.8 million dollars a day to run the hospital. Earlier this summer, nurse practitioner Erica Pucci and her husband packed up their lives in Rochester, New York so she could work at the hospital. Saturday, Erica ran the 5K then looked on as her husband finished up the full marathon.

"I was a lot more emotional during my run. It's different when you go to work there everyday. But seeing the kids wave from the windows was really emotional and the support that everyone has for St. Jude, it really took my breath away," said Pucci.

Pucci and thousands of others who crowded the streets cheering tracked their loved ones online.

"I know he just did the 15 K,  he should be coming here through in the near future," said Pucci as she waited on the sidelines.

"People are concerned about their family members and friends who are out there," said organizer, Wain Rubenstein.

That`s why organizers decided to have the feature this year. It wasn`t the only one.

"Today turned out a little bit warm for a marathon so we had barrels with wet towels for people to use," said Rubenstein.  

Even with eight stations stocked with water and about a dozen ambulances on hand, we`re told there were a few people who couldn`t finish their runs.

"I've heard a few calls on the radio for people needing assistance," said Rubenstein.
Those folks are expected to be fine.

Erica says the training she and her family went through was all worth it.

"I thought about my patients," said Pucci.

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