Helena native Erick DeSquare is committed to raising funds as a St. Jude Hero.
St. Jude Heroes support the Memphis children's hospital's mission to find cures and save children.
“I will be participating in two weekend events,” stated DeSquare in a press release. “I will be running my first marathon on team Caleb's Courage.”
According to DeSquare, Caleb was diagnosed with MPS I – Hurler Syndrome at age 13 months. The disease, he said, is a very rare genetic disease with no cure.
“His life expectancy was five to 10 years of age,” reported DeSquare. “Today, he is 12 years old and full of so much spirit.”
On Saturday morning Oct. 12, DeSquare will be participating in the Kenneth Freemyer Memorial 10K run at the 28th annual King Biscuit Blues Festival.
“The purpose of my participation is to bring awareness and raise funds to help families for St. Jude Children's Hospital.”
DeSquare says no family pays St. Jude for anything and during the past five years, 81 cents of every dollar received has gone to support research and treatment at St. Jude.
DeSquare is asking everyone to check out his St. Jude Heroes fund-raising page at www.stjudemarathon.org and type in Erick DeSquare, or make a donation at the race.
“Come out and support me and the other runners of the Kenneth Freemyer Memorial run,” added DeSquare. “Together we can help St. Jude patients achieve the ultimate victory over childhood cancer.”