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2024 Joey's Wings 5K & Kids Obstacle Run

Sat November 16, 2024 Gainesville, FL 32606 US Directions

Events

5k Run/Walk AM (ages 13+)

$30 8:30AM EST Price increases after November 2, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

5k Run/Walk AM (12 & under)

$25 8:30AM EST Registration Opens June 25, 2024 at 8:35pm EDT

1 Mile Obstacle Run

$25 8:40AM EST Registration Opens June 24, 2024 at 9:24pm EDT

Tshirt only (pickup or mail)

$20 8:30AM EST Registration Opens June 25, 2024 at 1:16pm EDT

Virtual run

$25 8:30AM EST Registration Opens October 9, 2024 at 9:56pm EDT

Place

Santa Fe College (Charles R. Perry Construction Institute)
Building O, NW 91st St
Gainesville, FL US 32606

Description

The 10th annual Joey's Wings 5k & Obstacle Run will be on November 16th, 2024 at Santa Fe College!
When you run/walk with us, you will be creating awareness and giving HOPE to the 47 children and their families that are diagnosed every day. 
Joey's Wings Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit charity, was established in 2014 in the memory of Joey, a 10-year-old boy who loved to run, but was taken from us by childhood cancer on Nov. 26, 2014. 100% of all donations made will be used towards research and treatment options, parent support and advocacy. This year, proceeds will go to local pediatric cancer families.
Race starts at 8:30am. Race day registration and packet pick up begins at 7:30am. There will be Zumba, raffles, bouncing house, face painting, crafts and food from local restaurants! T-shirts and a special designed 3D origami crane medal with gator color ribbon will be first come first serve for race day registrants. The overall champion (women and men's) will each get a gift certificate ($350 value) from the B3 gym! 

                                                    Your registration includes:

Chip timed run
Free shirt
A special designed 3D origami crane medal with ribbon of gator colors
Food from local restaurants
Raffles
Family activities of bouncing house, face painting, crafts
Music
 
Registration fees before Nov. 2:
5k Run/Walk (ages 13+):                                    $30
5k Run/Walk (12 and under):                              $25
1 mile Kids Obstacle run                                     $25
Registration fee for ages 13+ will increase $5 after pre-registration ends on Nov. 2nd.
 
Packet pick up is at 4-7pm on Nov. 15th at Fit2run at the Oaks Mall.

Elizabeth's Journey

Elizabeth was diagnosed with B-Cell ALL in August, 2023. She was two years old. She had been battling an ear infection for two weeks and seemed more tired than usual, taking longer naps, but was still herself. She came home from pre-school on a Friday afternoon with a cut on her thumb that within a few hours was swollen and had streaking going up her hand and she developed a fever. Elizabeth's parents took her to the after hours pediatrics and received another round of antibiotics and went home. A few hours later Elizabeth was more pale, still had a fever and the streaking continued up her arm. She was taken immediately to Shands ER and had bloodwork done. When lab results came back, her parents were told that she most likely had a blood cancer and the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology team would be coming to see the family. Elizabeth's parents were in disbelief, and didn't know a lot about blood cancers or what that meant for treatment and the rest of her life. Within hours of walking into the ER that early morning, they were upstairs on unit 42 which would be our home away from home for three weeks. Elizabeth received multiple transfusions that weekend, and within two days of being diagnosed, she started treatment. In order to get to go home, the wound on her thumb needed to heal, she had to be able to take the antibiotics orally and her counts needed to come up. And finally, that's what happened. She had improved and the family was thankful to be back home.

At the end of the first phase of treatment Elizabeth's bone marrow biopsy was MRD positive and her treatment plan changed. It was more intense and more frequent. The more intense treatment definitely took a toll on her but she bounced back, still happy and always wanting to play. At the beginning of December she started a new treatment phase. December 5, 2025 is the day Elizabeth will have her last chemotherapy. Elizabeth had another bone marrow biopsy in mid December and it was finally MRD negative! Elizabeth turned three years old in January and she continued out patient treatment, with a few in patient admissions.

From coming around the curve and seeing the Shands parking garage (trying to guess which color will have a parking spot) to riding on the elevator, Elizabeth has always enjoyed going to the hospital. As soon as she sits in the chair, she asks for her Play Doh and the day just got better. Play Doh has been something that she has loved from before being diagnosed, it's the one thing that she can concentrate on and have fun and just be a kid. Depending on the infusion or transfusion, lots of time is spent crating Plah Doh pizza and dinosaurs. She helps the nurses with her buddy (her port) and makes sure they know what she's making with her Play Doh too. She acts like nothing is wrong and everyone is amazed that this tiny girl is so strong.

Elizabeth continues to be happy and smile every day. Elizabeth is almost to the maintenance phase of her treatment, we are looking forward to less days in the clinic chair for her and more days running back and forth in the backyard.

Race Day Schedule, map & direction

7:30 AM Onsite registration and Packet Pickup

8:30 AM 5K/Walk begins

8:40 AM 1 mile Kids Obstacle Run

10 AM Awards

Direction

If you google the "Charles R. Perry Construction Institute", it will lead you directly to the course and parking.

 

 

 

Race Tshirt & medal

Race shirt and a 3D medal is free! Come and get a special designed 3D origami crane medal with gator color ribbon!

1 mile Obstacle Run

We have an improved obstacle course for 2023! Competitive and fun! Hurdles, parachute, agility ladder, noodles...Each obstacle course represents the obstacle that children with cancer have to overcome during treatment: chemo, radiation, pills, testing... our improved kids obstacle challenge this year is fun and competitive! Children of any age are welcomed to participate! Our volunteers will also watch and help along the way.

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Awards and Results

There are four age groups, 6 – 11, 12 – 18, 19 - 49, and 50+, each category placing top 3 males and females. Results are chip-timed and will be published immediately after the run. We will have an awards ceremony for the top 3 finishers in each age group at 10am.

Joey's Run Teams

Want to get more involved and help fundraise for Joey's Wings? Create a team, recruit runners to sign up for your team and ask friends, family, and businesses for donations! There will be two awards for fundraising teams: one for the team with the most runners and one for the team that raises the most money. Click the team tab (on the left) to get started!

 

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