Fifth annual Kylie Rose’s Run 5K takes place Aug. 25 at Copley High School —
Kindergartner Kylie Rose Jacobs was diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer in 2015: a Wilms’ Tumor, that mainly affects children. But as she battled the side effects of her treatments, her attention remained on the other children fighting alongside her in the Oncology Department of Akron Children’s Hospital.
“Kylie had a very aggressive form of cancer and was off to a very rough start,” said Eric Jacobs, Kylie’s dad, who added that after successful surgery, things began to look better for Kylie, who then wanted to give back in some way.
“There are kids in these rooms who are alone, and that had an impact on us,” he added. “We wanted to give back to the families and give back to these patients.” Because both of her parents are runners, Kylie’s family created the 5K, whose proceeds would go on to benefit other young patients at Akron Children’s Hospital.
“On Aug. 2015, just as Kylie was finishing treatment, we hosted the first Kylie Rose’s Run 5K, and we were overwhelmed with love when 750 runners and walkers participated,” said Carrie Jacobs, Kylie’s mom.
This year’s fifth annual race takes place Sunday, Aug. 25, at Copley High School Stadium, 807 Ridgewood Road. The event begins at 4 p.m., followed by the Citizens 1-Mile and a Competitive 1-Mile run, set to begin at 5 p.m.
Attendees can expect activities for all ages and skill levels. Sponsors include the Summit Historical Society and Akron Children’s Museum, who will set up activities for kids. There also will be face-painting, a stuffing station for Kylie’s Bags of Love (which Kylie makes for Children’s Hospital patients), food for the runners and a photo booth.
Also, this year, a virtual 5K has been added as a registration opportunity, for individuals who can’t attend the physical event. All participants (including virtual runners) will receive a T-shirt and canvas bag.
Tickets are $25 for the 5K and $15 for the Citizens 1-Mile and Competitive 1-Mile (after Aug. 1, prices are $30 and $20) and go directly to Akron Children’s Hospital Oncology Department and the families it serves. Since 2015, Kylie Rose’s Run 5k has raised more than $72,000, which has been donated to Akron Children’s Hospital through Kylie’s own fund, the Kylie Rose’s Run Fund.
This year’s event is expected to host more than 1,000 runners and walkers.
For info or sponsorship opportunities, visit kylierosesrun.com. Day-of registration will also be available.