When the pandemic hit, many things were cancelled or postponed indefinitely including the annual Nashville St Jude Rock and Roll Marathon fundraiser. White House Heritage High alum Christian Reid decided to honor his commitment and ran the race solo on May 17.
Friends and family lined his route cheering the 26-year -old as he made three loops around White House early that Saturday morning. Volunteers made signs and offered water and encouragement all along the way.
White House city police officers blocked intersections and escorted Reid through traffic to the back of the park where he crossed the finish line marking 26.2 miles in 3 hours and 58 minutes.
Reid’s goal was to raise $3,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. By the end of the weekend, he had received $7,015 in donations from all across the US and Canada, including one person who made an anonymous donation of $1,000 at the finish line.
St. Jude hospital is dedicated to treatment and research of childhood cancers. According to their website, treatments at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened 50 years ago.
Families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food during treatment. The research done at St. Jude is shared worldwide to advance the treatment of childhood cancers. www.stjude.org
Donations can still be made through the Facebook page, Christian's Fundraiser for St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon.
Reid expressed gratitude to everyone for making donations and for showing up to cheer him along the way. Emotional at the finish, he described the support as overwhelming.