Saturday, November 2, 140 participants, some from as far away as Florida, gathered for the Rainbow Run for Azalee to show their support for local St. Jude patient Azalee Carroll.
“I wish that we didn’t have to host events like this,” said Jo Ann Bucholtz, one of the organizers of the rainbow run. “I wish that kids didn’t get sick and cancer didn’t happen. Around here, when bad things happen, there are always good people who respond and help out. We thank each and every one of them.”
The day of fun began with a color walk/run at 9 a.m., and continued with auctions, an inflatable slide, a dunking booth, food, face painting, and blood donations. About 50 people were able to donate life-saving blood in Azalee’s name, each donation contributing $10 to Azalee’s cause.
“It was an amazing sight to see so many people on the track,” said Shellie Catlett, another organizer of the event. “It was a beautiful message to Amanda and Azalee that they’re not walking this journey alone. We’re fighting with them. We’re praying for them and we hope that our efforts will lighten their load just a little bit so they can focus on Azalee’s brave battle with cancer.”
Azalee and her mother, Amanda Crowe, were unable to attend the event due to the 6-year-old’s condition, but they were able to stay updated from Memphis with pictures and comments on Facebook.
“To everyone who went and helped out with this event, thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” wrote Amanda via Facebook. “God has truly blessed us with such amazing family and friends, and also an amazing community. I pray God blesses you all tenfold! Our journey would be much harder without the Good Lord blessing us with so many great people in our lives.”
Anyone wanting to donate blood in Azalee’s name can do so at The Blood Center at 9848 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge Tuesday – Thursday from 1–7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.–3 p.m. The Azalee Carroll Benefit will still receive $10 for every blood donation made in her name.