Wolfson Children's Challenge

5K, Other, 1 Mile

Event Date

Sat, Jan 31, 2015


Jacksonville, FL

About This Activity

Since 1955, Wolfson Children's Hospital has been a place of hope, second chances, and medical wonders for countless children and their families. Motivated by the idea that every child deserves another birthday, the Wolfson Children's Challenge is a celebration of their lives. This symbolic event features 55 children who share their inspiring stories.

As a not-for-profit hospital, Wolfson Children's relies on the generosity of people like you to ensure that every child continues to receive the world-class care they deserve. You can support the Wolfson Children's Challenge by sponsoring the event, running the 55-km ultra marathon, organizing a relay team for the 55-km ultra marathon, running the individual 30-km, or participating in the 1-Mile Fun Run.

The inspiration for the Wolfson Children's Challenge came from Paul Wilson, whose newborn son, Luke, faced difficult surgery within hours of birth. Paul hoped to raise $5,000 by running 55 miles, the age of the hospital during his son's stay.

Since 2009, the event has raised more than $2 million toward the purchase of a 3 Tesla MRI. This groundbreaking technology can lead to earlier diagnoses and the elimination of certain surgeries and procedures.

In 2014, the Wolfson Children's Challenge will raise money for a Nuclear Medicine SPECT/CT Camera and start a technology support endowment. The goal for 2015 is to raise $500,000 to complete the purchase of the SPECT/CT Camera. A portion of all gifts to the Wolfson Children's Challenge will be matched by Baptist Health for the Wolfson Children's Challenge Endowment. For more information, please contact Baptist Health Foundation, 904.202.2919.

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