Over 300 people supported the Jogging for Jack Superhero 5K by registering to run or walk or by donating to the cause. Proceeds went to the family of Jack Cassidy, the two-year-old son of Saint Mary’s head women’s soccer coach, Neil Cassidy.
The Cassidy family recently discovered that Jack has a tumor on his jaw, diagnosed as Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). Jack is currently being treated with chemotherapy, steroids, and steroid injections. Jack is a super fan of super heroes, especially Superman—which is one of the reasons he has earned the nickname “Super Jack.” The real reason for the heroic nickname, however, is to recognize the strength Jack has shown while battling LCH. The funds raised through the 5K will help pay for Jack’s medical bills.
Jogging for Jack 5K participants pose with the Cassidy family
Photo by Bob Conover
Senior Jase Pater organized the event with the help of Nikki Fennern and the Athletic Department.
“I was a little nervous about the weather for a while, but everything worked out well,” said Pater.