COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Runners and walkers laced up their sneakers on Sunday for the 13th Annual Jack Roth 5K Rock’N’Run/Walk.
The race took runners and walkers through Bexley’s neighborhoods.
The annual event was started by his family shortly after Jack Roth died from lung cancer. As the years go by. the event helps raise even more awareness for cancer and cancer research.
You could just feel the energy as hundreds came out for a good cause, a cause that Janice Roth holds close to her heart.
“First of all, my husband was a runner and he only did 5Ks so that’s why we knew after he passed away that we wanted to do something to honor his memory,” she says. “And having a 5K just seemed to fit and then to raise money for lung cancer awareness, which is what he passed away, from was so important to us.”
Money raised goes to cancer research, and another cause close to the Roths’ hearts.
“(Money goes to) Special needs kids in Israel so they can go to camp and they renamed the camp after Jack…he wouldn’t have wanted the recognition but it made us really happy,” Janice Roth.
“I’ve been coming to this race for over 12 years we’re here to support our friends and it supports and brings advocacy for cancer,” says Alissa Holfinger.
Roth’s daughter Maren says this event keeps his memory and passions alive, all while raising awareness for lung cancer.
“You know, it’s always tough. It doesn’t get easier, you know. You just get more used to it but it’s also a day of strength and remembrance and a happy celebration of his life.”
His wife Janice and daughter Maren say Jack never smoked and once he got the news he had lung cancer all he wanted was more time.
“Just listen to your body,” she says. “If it doesn’t feel right, get it checked out. That’s the important thing because Jack was diagnosed at a late stage because he had such good health and he had a bad cough and he wasn’t feeling that great and he waited too long and that’s what happened. And so, he only lived for 81/2 months, so I say listen to your bodies and that’s what he would say now, too.”
More than $1.2 million has been raised over the past 13 years.
Visit http://www.jackrothfund.org/ to learn more.