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Locals run to benefit children

8th annual Wolfson Children's Challenge held Downtown

A fundraiser that continues to draw passionate supporters had it's 8th annual run on Saturday.

Thousands came out to the Wolfson Children's Challenge in Downtown Jacksonville. For many people like Kris Parson and his family, the cause is personal. His daughter Caolina, a 10-year-old girl was diagnosed with a brain tumor three years ago.

"She (Carolina) actually has another MRI coming up this Friday. We are looking for an all-clear report," Parson said. "We have a long journey ahead still."

Carolina received life-saving treatment at Wolfson Children's Hospital. The Children's Challenge and its newly formed charity the Believe Foundation is one way it gives back.

There were more than 2,000 people participating in Saturday's event. The goal was to raise money for Wolfson to benefit the kids.

"It's unbelieveable, it's beyond words," Paul Wilson, the founder of the Wolfson Children's Challenge, said. "It is very emotional yet at the same time it is so gratifying knowing and seeing how many people are touched by the hospital and how they have helped so many people in our community."

Wilson started the Wolfson Children's Challenge eight years ago. The response, he said, shows how much people care about the cause.

The money raised allows the hospital to purchase the latest technology for treating patients -- without turning anyone away because of inability to pay.