June 30, 2012 In News
JACKSON—More than 800 people gathered in downtown Jackson this morning to join Gov. Phil Bryant in his inaugural 5k Run for Health. The race began at 8 a.m. in front of the Governor’s Mansion and wove through the streets of the capitol city.
“What I am trying to do is lead by example,” Gov. Bryant said. “Each of us has to take responsibility for our personal health, and a family run like this one is a great way for people to get active and improve their wellbeing. We had a great time here today, and I’m hoping next year’s crowd tops this one. We’re going to make this an annual event.”
Bryant announced his plans for the 5k in his inaugural State of the State address in January.
Race proceeds were donated to Batson Children’s Hospital. Just before runners began pounding the pavement, Gov. Bryant presented CEO Guy Giesecke and Dr. Omar Abdulrahman, associate professor of pediatrics and vice-chairman of faculty development, with a check for $10,000.
“We are fortunate that Governor and Mrs. Bryant understand the value that a strong children’s hospital provides the children of Mississippi,” said Guy Giesecke, chief executive officer of Batson Children’s Hospital. “As the state’s only children’s hospital, we have a duty to provide the best possible care to the children of Mississippi. Having support is key to our future success.”
“I am so pleased that we were able to make this donation to Batson Children’s Hospital,” Bryant said. “Thanks to the great turnout for the race, Mississippians helped ensure that children who need specialized medical care can get it—right here at home.” Before and after the run, participants enjoyed refreshments and a live band in front of the Governor’s Mansion.
Patrick House, season 10 winner of NBC’s Biggest Loser, helped kick off the pre-race program and also lead the post-race awards ceremony.
About Batson Hospital The Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, part of University of Mississippi Health Care, is located on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. It is the only hospital in the state devoted exclusively to the care and treatment of sick and injured youngsters. More than 150,000 children from all of the state’s 82 counties come to Batson Hospital each year. The spectrum of care ranges from well-child care for healthy newborns to care for cancer, congenital heart defects, epilepsy, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, neurological disorders, pulmonary disease, trauma, allergies, diabetes and numerous other childhood illnesses.