Fifth annual Emily's Rainbow Run supports fight against pediatric cancer

WESTLAKE, Ohio - Area residents of all ages and sizes participated in a four-mile race or two-mile run/family walk at Westlake High School to support the fight against pediatric cancer.

The event is dedicated each year in memory of a courageous and inspiring young cancer patient, Emily Lewis.

All of the money raised through the event goes to support pediatric cancer clinical research at University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

Emily Lewis lost her battle to a rare type of childhood kidney cancer in August 2009. Despite all the physical and emotional hardships Emily endured, she never turned down a request to raise awareness or funds. Today, her legacy lives on through family, friends, and the community's generosity.

Last year, the run/walk drew approximately 630 participants.

Emily's mother, Debbie Lewis, and Cathy Milowicki, the mother of Emily's best friend, organized the first annual Emily's Rainbow Run in April 2009.

Emily's Rainbow Run has garnered nearly $90,500 over the past four years. This year, organizers are hoping to raise $22,000 for the cause.

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