The Sixth Annual Gimme 4 Foundation 5k Run/Walk is set for Saturday, March 25 at 8 a.m., and this year’s recipient is the grandson of Warner University Assistant Professor of Finance and Business Tom Burdsall.
Thirteen-year-old John Henry Klekamp was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in 2011, which led to the removal of an abdominal tumor. His follow up appointments after the procedure showed no further evidence of the disease, until four months ago.
John Henry Klekamp
Klekamp had received a spinal MRI due to an athletic injury that ended up revealing three spots in his spine that are believed to be metastatic from the original tumor.
The mission of the Gimme 4 Foundation is to provide financial relief through their 5k, golf tournaments, and donations for individuals and families that are battling cancer.
Gimme 4 was founded by Justin Turner in 2011 in honor of his friend, Warner University alumni and employee Jason Roe, upon his learning that Roe had been diagnosed with cancer.
Turner started running and competing in many races, until the idea of hosting a 5k to raise money for Jason and his family seemed like a pretty good idea, and so Jason was the first recipient in 2011.
The name “Gimme 4” was inspired by Roe who would often be heard saying “Gimme 4” instead of the usual “Gimme 5” because he was born without thumbs, but never let it slow him down.
Although Jason passed away on July 13, 2012, his legacy lives on.
Jason with his family
Even in its short life, Gimme 4 has already helped many families who are dealing with a loved one with cancer.
For more information or to register, visit www.gimme4.org or check them out on Facebook.