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ABC Run/Pool Party #89, for St. Jude

By Merlin Anderson and Julie Sibley

ABC Run #89 was hosted by Julie Sibley at her home on September 8 to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Unfortunately her husband, Brian Sibley, was out of town for work but didn’t mind having 38 people over to their house in his absence.  He was more than happy to get out of clean-up duties!


Julie is in the St. Jude Heroes Program, planning to run the Chicago Marathon.  As an extra incentive, Julie promised to match all ABC2donations.  With the matching included, the amount raised for St. Jude was an awesome $1,736!  Thanks so much to all the contributors.

The venue was great, especially the deck and backyard pool.  The temperature was perfect for either swimming or just lounging after  the run.  Kids of all ages had a blast in the pool.  One of the comical moments of the morning was watching 10 adults try to realign the screen door that had fallen out of its tracks – such teamwork.

The course was great, a country adventure including a gravel road and a water stop at the 2.5 mile mark manned by Dan Anderson who also took photos and demonstrated the environmentally ABC3friendly hydration system that was used at the We Care races.

The menu was great, including a great variety of healthy and tasty choices.  A few highlights include Robyn Walter’s made-from-scratch protein bars, Laurel Schumacher’s homemade apple butter, Meg Anderson’s coffee cake, Kevin Fahling’s cookies, and Julie’s mystery dish (an egg, hash brown and turkey sausage casserole).  Thanks to all who provided the food.  As usual, there was more than enough for all.

The experience of hosting was great according to Julie’s post on Facebook: “I am so touched by the generosity of the people in this club and this community.  A few people made some very, very ABC4generous donations and others sent checks even though they were out of town.  Wow.  I highly recommend participating in, contribution towards, or even hosting an ABC run – your heart will be filled.”

We have now held a total of eleven ABC runs for St. Jude, totaling $11,104.  The total of all 89 ABC runs is $61,441.

Thanks so much to everyone for all of your support!

ABC Run #90, to benefit Heartland Head Start will be held at the Sugar Grove Nature Center onABC5 October 6 at 8:00 a.m. (doors open at 7:30).

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ABC Run #87, for St. Jude, 7-21-13

by Merlin Anderson

ABC Run #87 was held at Tipton Park on July 21 and raised a nice sum of $675 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, thanks to generous contributions from 46 participants.  The funds raised from this event will help Jeff Simpson and Kristen Dixon meet their fund-raising goals for the St. Jude run.

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We have now held a total of ten ABC runs for St. Jude and the total of all tens runs is $9,368, the most of any of the 26 charities supported by ABC runs.  The total of all 87 ABC run is $58,836.

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We got a break from the recent hot weather so the running conditions were very good.  The food was awesome as usual.  Jeff Simpson served as host and provided Panera bagels, cream cheese, bananas, chocolate milk and Gatorade.  Meg Anderson provided home-made scones as well as her famous coffee cake.  Laurel Schumacher provided a variety of tasty treats from Great Harvest.

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Danny Thomas founded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1962.  St. Jude’s mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.  About 7,800 patients visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital every year.  St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance.  No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.

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Thanks so much to everyone for your generous donations and for your sharing of food and friendship!

ABC Run #88 to benefit The Seedling Theater will be on August 11 at 7:30 (doors open at 7:00).  Laurel and Larry Schumacher will host this run at their home (2004 Ebo Lane in Bloomington).

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