Ten Ladue Horton Watkins High School students are preparing for the first ever Run and Run S’more 5k Run and 1-Mile Fun Run event, which will be held on Feb. 28, 2016. Runners and walkers of all abilities will take to the streets in support of health and wellness for families enduring long hospital stays.
When 12-year-old Jackson Hill passed away after a tough battle with osteosarcoma, a bone tumor, his family began the Jackson Hill Foundation to transform their profound loss into positive change.
“Taking a break wasn’t an option as we anxiously awaited news from a doctor or comforted our young son,” Melissa Hill said, his mom. “We craved a quick run, a calm space, something—anything—to feel momentary relief from an overwhelming situation.”
Melissa is an avid runner and coach and also the executive director of the Jackson Hill Foundation. The following 10 students are under the direction of both Melissa and Mark Spewak, founder of More Miles More Smiles: Lila Bensky, Adam Sherberg, Rose Coughlin, Natalie Behrens, Olivia Jones, Lindsay Goeler, Devin Callahan, Julia Biest, Peter Stergios and Cloe Frank.
For the last four months, these students have volunteered as race ambassadors. They have learned valuable skills in marketing and communications through activities such as presenting to St. Louis Children’s Hospital Youth Council, creating promotional videos and touring the St. Louis Children’s Hospital facilities.
Race participants will leave LHWHS to run or walk, every step taken in support of the construction of two Jackson Hill Wellness Centers that will open at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 2017 and 2018. The centers will provide equipment for people of all skill levels and fitness interests. All race profits will go toward the St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Jackson Hill Wellness Centers.