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Azalee benefit coming Saturday

Written by Claire Chenevert on . Posted in Local

Port Allen High will be the host site Saturday for a 5k benefit for 6-year-old Azalee Carroll, a cancer patient currently at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

The “Rainbow Run for Azalee” will take place Saturday, November 2nd at the Port Allen High School football stadium as a benefit to help with Azalee’s medical expenses incurred on the family.

Azalee, who is from Port Allen, was first introduced in the West Side Journal after her uncle’s, Austin Carroll, high school football team, the Port Allen Pelicans, chose to show their support for the 6-year-old fighting stage four Neuroblastoma at St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.

In response, the care, concern, and support of the community have grown exponentially. Friends of the family have organized and dedicated a day for Azalee as she continues her fight.

Participants can register online at www.regonline.com/rainbowrunforazalee or at the gate beginning at 8 a.m. The 5K run/walk will start on the track at 9 a.m. All proceeds will assist the Azalee’s medical expenses the family has incurred in order to contribute to her long-term care and recovery. All participants should wear something white and be prepared to get splashed with a rainbow of colors as they walk/run.

A number of other events will be available at the Rainbow Run. The Blood Center will be holding a blood drive from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Azalee’s family will receive $10 for each unit of blood donated. Jambalaya dinners, drinks, and sweets will be sold from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

An auction will be held for numerous items donated for the cause. A hand-crafted distressed pine queen sized bed and an Anita LeJeune original oil painting will be raffled off to benefit Azalee. Pony rides will be available for children, and a dunking booth will be present to provide participants an opportunity to dunk local football coaches: Coach Guy Blanchard from Port Allen High School and Coach David Brewerton from Livonia High School. “Fight Like a Girl for Azalee” t-shirts will also be available for purchase at $15 each.

To learn more about Azalee, follow her journey on Facebook at “Prayers for Azalee.” For more information on the Rainbow Run, call Shellie Catlett at 387-0382.

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    Thanks for sharing Azalee's story and helping get the word out about her special day this Saturday! We know her family will feel and appreciate the love and support all the way in Memphis. (Rainbow Run Organizers)

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