For Immediate Release | August 17, 2020
Man Running 3,000 Miles, Coast-to-Coast for
Childhood Cancer Research Traveling Through Avon
on Tuesday, August 18th
Avon, CO - Peter Halper, 52, of Wisconsin is running coast-to-coast, from California to Delaware over the next several months on behalf of Emery’s Memory Foundation – a Missouri-based non-profit raising awareness and funds to fight Neuroblastoma cancer in children. Halper, who started his more than 3,000-mile trek on July 6 in Dana Point, California is making his way from Glenwood Springs to Denver between August 17-22. He is expected to run through Avon on Highway 6 around 3:00 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday August 18). He is running an average of 28 miles every day taking only Sundays for rest. His goal is to complete the 19-week run in Delaware by mid-November and to raise awareness and funds along the way.
“Emery, of Emery’s Memory Foundation, was my grandniece and when she passed at only 3-years-old, I was impacted by her story and I knew this was something I wanted to do,” says Halper. “I want to help bring awareness to this disease by sharing their stories and raising the funds needed to continue the search for a cure,” he states.
Emery’s Memory Foundation aims to raise $200,000 by mid-November. The funds raised provide family-assistance and care packages for those currently in treatment for Neuroblastoma, and fund research trials through an organization called Beat Childhood Cancer, that currently oversees trials in more than 50 hospitals nationwide. In order to maximize donations, many elements such as the truck and camper Halper is hauling with him, were donated, or are being provided by volunteers and families of other children affected by Neuroblastoma.
“Our organization has grown into a vast network of parents who are all fighting the same fight,” said Jenna Smith, Executive Director of Emery’s Memory Foundation, and mother to Emery. “Every day we have new parents reach out to us because their child is newly diagnosed, or they are in the trials that we’re helping to fund, or they are just lost and need to talk to other parents who have been through this horrible experience – and that’s what we help with.”
Currently, there is no cure for relapsed Neuroblastoma. It is the most common form of cancer in infants and of those fortunate enough to reach remission, nearly 50% experience relapse. There are over 800 new cases of neuroblastoma diagnosed in the U.S. each year, and over half of those cases will target children under the age of two.
More information about the run, including the detailed route and the children that each week or mile are dedicated to can be found at EmerysMemoryFoundation.com/ThunderRun. People can also donate online or text “EMERY” to 44321 to donate using a mobile device.
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