St. Jude Walk/Run raises money to end childhood cancer

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Usually you see red and black colors at Chase Field. But Saturday morning, it was a sea of gold--the color for childhood cancer awareness. Hundreds came out for the St. Jude Walk/Run to end Childhood Cancer. We joined one team who's raised the most money this year.

Cheerleaders chanting, "let's go St. Jude," welcomed the crowds as spirited teams who believe in a cure filled Chase Field. "We believe in children's health, and we try to support as many organizations as we can," says Rena Strohmeier of Team "Girl Trek." Adding that, "it's not just the health of women, but the health of kids."

One of those teams is "Bulldogs Battle." This group makes this event an annual tradition. "It's really cool," says Andrew Carroll who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer three years ago, at the age of 10.  "And I think they should keep coming out and supporting them," he adds.

Andrew's diagnosis came out of the blue and rocked the Carroll family to its core. "Oh, it turned our family upside down," says mom Holly Carroll. "We had nowhere to go, nowhere to turn."

Holly and husband Garren Carroll turned to St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis three years ago, knowing its reputation in pioneering research and treatment for kids with cancer.

Today her son is screened and tested every six months, but is considered cancer-free. According to St. Jude, survival rates for childhood cancer have increased from 20 percent to 80 percent.

"We love St. Jude because that's where Andrew was treated, and reaching out to St. Jude was a miracle for us," says Holly. This year, Andrew and his "Bulldog" supporters have taken first place for the most funds raised at today's walk/run, approximately $10,000. 

In all, this morning's event raised nearly $160,000. It's what helps St. Jude families from ever receiving a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.

"It's amazing," says Holly. "And, in just in the last few years here in Arizona, the race has grown so much," says Holly, adding that, "childhood cancer awareness is slowly gaining momentum, and that means the world to us, and all the children who are suffering from this disease." 

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