How It Got Started

We want you to understand why the Breakaway Bardog 5k benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis and how much your donations mean to the many children whose lives are saved every year by this amazing facility...

Meet the Washburn Family

Photo: KevinSt Jude patient and family for race, Missy, Cooper and Ethan Washburn

Missy, Kevin and their twin 13 year-old boys, Cooper and Ethan, live in Memphis, TN.

Kevin is an attorney who works across the street from Bardog Tavern and frequently visits for lunch. In 2009, when we heard that his son, Ethan (photo, far right) was being treated for ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, we knew we wanted to help. ALL, the most common form of childhood cancer, is a type of leukemia that forms in white blood cells in the bone marrow, the soft inner part of bones. ALL invades the blood and can spread throughout the body to other organs, such as the liver, spleen, and lymph nodes. It is an acute type of leukemia, which means it can progress quickly. Without treatment, it can be fatal within a few months.

We are very relieved and happy to announce that Ethan received his last planned chemo on August 17, 2012, and he is now cancer-free thanks to the efforts of St. Jude.

How Can You Help the Kids at St. Jude?

The Washburns are dedicated and grateful supporters of St. Jude and the amazing research the hospital does and SHARES with the world. The doctors, nurses, researchers and staff, as well as the family support provided by St. Jude are second to none, and the vast fundraising efforts by the hospital allow families to get treatment for ZERO costs to them. No family ever pays St. Jude for anything. The Breakaway Bardog 5k is a great opportunity for you to help patients like Ethan and his family at St. Jude.

All Proceeds Benefit St. Jude

The Breakaway-Bardog 5K and the Anniversary Alley Party means a great deal to the Washburn’s as the overwhelming dedication of Aldo and his staff at Bardog Tavern and Breakaway Running and their staff work hard to raise awareness for St. Jude and the children they treat, at NO cost to the patient families. Last year the Breakaway-Bardog 5k raised over $25,000 for St. Jude, summing the entire race and after party contribution to nearly $100,000 in its four years of existence.

2017 Fundraising
Goal: $15,000
Top Teams:
Team Randee
$4,475
Team Cooper & Ethan
$900
P&E HHF
$710
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