Run the Rocks! More than a running event: a national movement
Jack’s Angels Foundation, a local charitable organization devoted to advocacy and research for DIPG, is celebrating the National DIPG Awareness Resolution introduced by Congressman Steve Knight in January in the US House of Representatives. Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma is the 2nd most common pediatric brain tumor and is notoriously the deadliest. The Resolution designates May 17 as National DIPG Awareness Day, in concert with a nationwide movement for state proclamations. Jack’s Angels is helping with for the California Resolution, with assistance from Assemblyman Dante Acosta and State Senator Scott Wilk. In 2014, then Assemblyman Scott Wilk introduced the first State Resolution for DIPG Awareness upon learning about DIPG, which has seen no progress in its standard treatment protocol nor its terminal prognosis in over 50 years.
Jack’s Angels 2017 Relay for Research includes “Run the Rocks!” on April 30th, 2017 at Vasquez Rocks County Park, featuring different length trail races, a kids 1k, and a 20k “Relay for Jack.” The event proceeds support DIPG research, and celebrates the soon-to-follow National DIPG Awareness Day. Information and registration can be found at runtherocks.info. The companion virtual “Relay for Jack” is an option for those unable to attend the April 30th event, or for anyone wanting to support this effort for pediatric brain tumor awareness and research, from anywhere around the world. Participants are asked to walk or run between May 1 and May 17 if possible, with registration at www.curedipg.info.
Janet Demeter, who was inspired to found Jack’s Angels by the too-short-but-sweet life of her 3-year-old son Jack, deceased in 2012, emphasizes, “Awareness is so important; these families are expected to accept certain and horrible death for their children because their lives have little value to the medical research system in place. DIPG is a powerful example of the neglect of pediatric cancer research, even by our own government. These kids and their families deserve acknowledgement, and hope for change.”
To learn more about the National DIPG Awareness Resolution (H.Res.69) and Jack’s Angels 2017 Relay for Research, visit www.jacksangels.org.
ADVERTISE WITH US
With the start of spring, things are warming up here in the Santa Clarita Valley – especially our charity event season! There will be many opportunities to get involved and stay active in the community with the next couple of months of springtime events, and we’re...read more
The Magazine of Santa Clarita is proud to sponsor this event and feature on our cover: Amanda Benson, Jennifer Gerard, Laina McFerren and Nicole Stinson. It’s no secret. Santa Clarita Valley is known for its philanthropy and volunteerism. Five years ago, when a...read more
The Magazine of Santa Clarita is proud to sponsor this event and feature on our cover: Nicole Gruell, Kim Kurowski, Jeff Meyer and Melanie Meyer. Following its past success, Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley (SIGSCV) is taking this year’s...read more
The Magazine of Santa Clarita has set a high standard for excellence in advertising for over 25 years. A family owned and operated business, The Magazine of Santa Clarita has grown with the Santa Clarita Valley since 1989 and become the #1 place to advertise locally.