Members of the Morristown and Hamblen County community came together on Saturday, Dec. 7 to raise money for local cancer patients with the fifth annual Jingle Run for Hope 5K.
Participants in the race ran to benefit the patient assistance fund at Morristown Regional Cancer Center, which is located on the campus of
Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System. The fund helps provides assistance to local cancer patients for various needs during their cancer treatment.
“Nobody plans to get cancer. Nobody plans not to go to work,” MHHS President and Chief Administrative Officer Gordon Lintz said. “They have a need to get better without the added stress of paying bills.”
While final numbers are still outstanding, over $80,000 was raised to benefit the patient assistance fund.
“This was our community coming together,” Lintz said.
All funds raised through the Jingle Run stay to benefit patients locally.
“With all the money that was raised, all of it stays in Morristown,” said Patrick J. Birmingham, vice president of philanthropy and government relations for Covenant Health. “The people should be proud that the money is staying in their community.”
Dr. Tom Thompson, who served as race grand marshal, touted the benefits of the patient assistance fund to the participating runners before the race.
The race was won by Christian Henry, a senior at Morristown West High School. He crossed the finish line with a time of 17:31, followed by Chuchi Pacheco and Jessie Ramos, also both of Morristown.
Henry participates in Morristown West’s award-winning cross country and track and field teams for the Trojans. He earned a $50 prize for winning the race, but donated the money back to the patient assistance fund.
“I like to help serve the community. Anything that helps other people, I like to do,” Henry said.
Tyler Harville, a Morristown resident and former U.S. Army infantryman, finished second in the Men’s 20-29 division with a time of 23:33 with his mother and his three-year old son Michael waiting for him at the finish line.
Joe Bilotti and Steven Thompson, both from Morristown, finished first and third, respectively.
Andee Swann of Morristown finished first in the Female 5K open. Adysin Elizando of Morristown and Aiden Davis of Jefferson City each placed first in the Female and Male 1 to 9 classes, respectively.
Allie Swann and Beruket Evans, both of Morristown, earned the top spots in the Female and Male 10 to 14 year-old classes. McKenna Korody and Rube Garcia finished at the top of the 15 to 19-year old division.
Ashton Tincher of Morristown crossed the finish line first in the female 20 to 29 division. Araceli Araiza and Ben Baker, both of Morristown earned the top spots in the 30 to 39 classes.
Hope Ross of Morristown and Andrew Aarons of Mooresburg took first place in the 40 to 49 classes. Janette Adams Erchinger of Morristown and Jeff Whittaker of New Market finished first in the 50 to 54 division.
Betty Stewart of Morristown took first place in the 55 to 59 women’s division. Derek Cooze of White Pine crossed the finish line first in the men’s division.
Becky Hodge of Morristown and Chuck Odom of New Market both took first place in the women’s and men’s 60 to 64 classes, respectively. Sharon Lucas and Wayne Lucas, both from Morristown, earned the top spots in the 65 to 69 division.
Breda Cooter from Grovetown, Georgia and Tom Parker of Morristown crossed the finish line first in the 70 to 79 women and men’s classes.