Annual road race supports life-saving equipment for Wolfson Children’s Hospital

Annual road race supports life-saving equipment for Wolfson Children’s Hospital
Boys and girls participate in the one-mile fun run at the 10th Annual Wolfson Children’s Challenge Jan. 26. (Photo courtesy of Wolfson Children’s Hospital)

More than 2,000 runners took part in the 10th Annual Wolfson Children’s Challenge, a road race event Jan. 26 that raised money for the only children’s hospital in Jacksonville. Funds collected from the event support an endowment established in 2013 to provide the hospital with life-saving trauma equipment and technology.

The event, which took place at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, included four running events, a 55K ultra solo, a 30K solo, a 55K relay, and a one-mile fun run.  The races were staged over a 3.1-mile course that began and finished at the Baseball Grounds.

The races honored 55 pediatric patients, who were tapped to represent the tens of thousands of children Wolfson cares for each year, as well as 550 current and former patients who have been honored over the past 10 years.

Runners received finisher medals and commemorative T-shirts. Live stage performances and family-fun activities were also held in the community village on the baseball field.

“This event grows bigger and better each year thanks to our generous sponsors, our small army of volunteers and especially all those who ran, from one mile to more than 30, as a tribute to the patients we’ve served since 1955,” said Wolfson Children’s Hospital President Michael D. Aubin. “Your collective generosity ensures that Wolfson Children’s will continue to fulfill its mission to children and families throughout the region.”

Prior to the racing events, the 2019 Wolfson Children’s Challenge Telethon was held on Jan. 17 at WJXT TV 4. It raised another $56,400 for the hospital.

To date, the Wolfson Children’s Challenge has raised enough money to purchase a 3 Tesla MRI machine, which has 10 to 15 times the strength of a regular or open MRI, allowing for better evaluation of conditions involving the brain, spine, and musculoskeletal system. 

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