June 21, 2014 In News, Uncategorized
JACKSON—Hundreds of runners joined Gov. Phil Bryant and First Lady of Mississippi Deborah Bryant this morning at the Third Annual Governor Phil Bryant’s 5K Run for Health. This year’s race raised $10,000 for the Batson Children’s Heart Center in Jackson. The donation was made in memory of John Pearson Clay.
“We had a great time today and were able to raise $10,000 for the Children’s Heart Center with the help of our sponsors and all the runners who registered,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “Batson Hospital and their Children’s Heart Center provide remarkable, life-saving services right here in Mississippi, and Deborah and I are grateful for the work they do and grateful to everyone who came out in support of this cause.
“We’ll keep doing this 5K each year I am governor, and I promised the runners next year’s course will be hotter and have even more hills,” Gov. Bryant joked.
“At Children’s of Mississippi and Batson Children’s Hospital our mission is to improve the health of every child in Mississippi and we thank the Governor and all participants for being partners in this important endeavor,” said Dr. Rick Barr, Suzan B. Thames Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “The Children’s Heart Center is such an important part of our organization and a real center of excellence for all children with congenital heart defects. Our lives are all touched by children like John Pearson Clay and their families every day.”
The 5K was sponsored by Coca-Cola, Humana, Jackson Heart, Stinky Feet and SuperTalk Mississippi.