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Jackson Co. residents lace up their shoes for 5K cancer run

Bulldog Dash 5K Charity and Fun Run. (Photo source: WLOX) Bulldog Dash 5K Charity and Fun Run. (Photo source: WLOX)
The fundraiser targeted community members facing a disease without a cure. (Photo source: WLOX) The fundraiser targeted community members facing a disease without a cure. (Photo source: WLOX)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Hundreds of folks in Jackson County laced up their running shoes to help three community members living with a dangerous disease.

Vancleave High School's parking lot was crowded with folks Saturday ready to run for a good cause.

It was all part of the Bulldog Dash 5K Charity and Fun Run that donates the money it makes to needy organizations and nonprofits.

This year, the fundraiser targeted community members facing a disease without a cure.

“All three of these are battling some type of cancer and some of them actually have had recurrences. So, it just shows support for these families and a little bit of financial assistance as well,” said organizer Hunter Henley.

St. Martin resident Justin Wilkerson is one of three who will be getting this much needed assistance.

“Justin Wilkerson is my son-in-law. He and my daughter have four children together, and he is 34 years old,” said Jackson County resident Joy Wilcox.

Quint Moran said his mom Carolyn Boyd will also appreciate this helping hand. He said she was diagnosed with two different cancers over the past 40 years.

“First she had breast cancer back in the 70s and lately she has had ovarian cancer. She is strong. Her attitude is really good,” said Moran.

Then there is the Natalie Hightower. WLOX has followed the Vanlceave teen through her fight with cancer and all the people rallied around her during this tough time.

Her former teacher Peggy Pylate is among those supporters.

“It is heartbreaking. Even now through it, Natalie always has a smile on her face, and she has the best personality. They have a lot of medical bills with cancer and with her traveling back and forth to Birmingham. It is very important that we not only show our support for cancer, but for our community,” said Pylate.

Jackson County Multisport Club began this fundraiser in 2011. The group has raised more than $20,000.

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