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Johnnie’s Run names beneficiary

 

The race committee for Johnnie’s Run has named Aiyanna Rodriguez, 9, of Mays Landing as the primary beneficiary of the 14th annual Johnnie’s Run charity event, scheduled to step off 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 25 at Fred and Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern in Smithville.

Rodriguez was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in July.  She is a patient of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she has undergone several blood drawings and tests, a medical port insertion, spinal taps and other painful procedures.

She loves to sing and dance, loves the color purple and playing with duct tape. She goes with her dad to train in jujitsu in Egg Harbor Township and recently joined soccer, dance and cheerleading. Proceeds from the run will go toward financial assistance and emotional support for Rodriguez and her family.

The annual 5K and 1-mile fun run is named in honor of Johnnie Bieniakowski, 18, who was born with Down syndrome and contracted lymphocytic leukemia at the age of four.  The run is held to promote public awareness of children’s leukemia and Down syndrome and to provide financial and moral support to families battling children’s illness. Portions of the proceeds annually go to the Friends of Trisonomy 21 Center, CHOP and the Arc of Atlantic County.

To provide corporate sponsorship, make a financial contribution or participate in the run call (609) 226-1002, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.leaguelineup.com/johnniesrun or Facebook.

 


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