In 2005, Randy Meehan while working for Kuhl and Company in Morton, Illinois, and Rozelyn Smith, Sr. Event Marketing Representative for St. Jude Peoria, Illinois turned their attention and energy to help Randy’s home town of Quincy, Illinois organize the first Quincy to Peoria Run. The Quincy Run became the 17th “Satellite” Run.
Randy who had ran in the Macomb to Peoria Run, began asking his twin brother Rick who lives in Quincy to assist them in organizing and promoting the first Quincy to Peoria Run. From that point they began asking friends and business associates to get involved in the Run, so that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital could continue giving hope to families whose lives have been torn apart by childhood cancer. This Run continues to grow because of dedicated volunteers and sponsors.
In 2005, 20 runners with the help of local sponsors raise $11,000. These runners ran for Spencer Waters of Liberty Illinois who is a Patient of St. Jude’s and who was referred to St. Jude’s by Doctor Noble of Quincy.
In 2006, 36 runners with the help of local sponsors raise $28,500. These runners ran for local families like Justin Kemner of Quincy and Spencer Waters and Jacob Sorrill of Liberty who all were referred to St. Jude’s by local doctors.
In 2007, 52 runners with the help of local sponsors raised a record $50,200. These runners ran in memory of Paige James of Quincy, Illinois. (November 30, 2004 – December 16, 2006).
The 2008 Run is the 4th annual run for Quincy with a goal of 62 runners raising $62,000. The thousands of dollars raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a fulfillment of the late entertainer Danny Thomas promise: “Help me find my way in life, and I will build a shrine dedicated to caring for the hopeless, the helpless and the poor.”