Philipsburg’s Virtual Hope Express to Raise Money for Pediatric Cancer

The Virtual Hope Express (VHE) will be rolling through Philipsburg, PA again on Saturday, September 14!

We will leave our house (Emily Whitehead’s house) at 6:00 PM and end at Corban Potter’s house 2 miles down the road. Following the run / walk / ride, we’ll celebrate Philipsburg’s two cancer beating kids with a picnic at Corban’s house!

What is the Hope Express? Each year, a team of runners leaves Hershey, PA the Thursday evening before the Penn State Dance MaraTHON and runs relay style 135 miles to the Bryce Jordan Center (BJC) where THON is held, carrying letters from the children of the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital to the BJC in State College, PA for the THON dancers. On September 14, teams across the country (New York! Texas! Chicago! Philipsburg!) will be joining together, each to run 135 miles, just like the Hope Express does in February. The Philipsburg VHE will run from Emily’s house to Corban’s house – two children from our town who have fought cancer. It is just under two miles, down hill. You can run, jog, walk, register your dog, whatever you want! The idea is to raise funds and raise awareness for childhood cancer! Won’t you join us? Register for the Philipsburg, PA, team here (choose 2-mile walk/run).

When you register at the link above, you are making a $25 donation to the Hope Express on behalf of our team. The evening of 9/14, we will begin sign-in around 5:00 PM and leave Emily’s house at 6:00 PM. You can run, walk, ride a bike, pull a wagon, push a stroller, skip, ride the hay wagon, or get from A to B however you want! If you register by August 30,you will be guaranteed a super cool t-shirt. Trust me, they will be excellent 🙂

In 2012, Emily and Corban were both sick in the hospital when the Hope Express teams left Hershey. This year, Emily and Corban were both HEALTHY and met the teams in State College at the finish line! This is a very special event for our families and we hope to have you stand with us in our fight against pediatric cancer!

This is the logo for this year’s t-shirt! Are you thinking “Hey! I thought we were supposed to wear gold ribbons for childhood cancer! Why the pink ribbon?” Well, last week, Connie Ehresman-Angus, co-founder of the Hope Express, mom of leukemia survivor Gabe, was diagnosed with breast cancer. In her honor, we have improved our logo a little bit to include a pink ribbon with her initials. Remember, if you register by this weekend, you’ll receive a t-shirt with your registration. Additional shirts can be purchased for $12 each. The logo has other meanings as well! If you know Corban, then you know he loves tractors! If you know Emily, you know she loves dogs, butterflies, and purple! Hope to see you there!

CANCER. WON’T. WIN.

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Last Day of Second Grade

Emily’s last day of second grade was on Friday – what a difference between the first and last day!
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This is a photo of Emily and Lucy on Lucy’s 3rd birthday!
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We also wanted to let you know that the Texas Roadhouse in State College, PA is holding a fundraiser in honor of Emily on Wednesday, June 12th from 3:00pm – 10:00pm. They will donate 10% of all food sales. We are donating the money to our team – Team Believe – for the Parkway 5k Run & 2k Walk that benefits the cancer center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). This is the second year we will have a team at the event. We will be posting more about this but if you would like to join us on September 29 in Philadelphia to run or walk you can join the team or if you can’t join us make a donation.