SouthGroup Insurance Services, sponsor and host of the annual Make-A-Difference 5K Race in Ridgeland, presented a check to Friends of Children’s Hospital in Jackson last week for $30,000 from the proceeds of the 2018 race. SouthGroup has teamed with Friends of Children’s Hospital for the past 10 years to enhance the Child Life Program at Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Over 400 runners and walkers participated in the race according to Sarah Edmiston of SouthGroup in DeSoto County. “The winterish weather wasn’t great that day but it was a great day for the children’s hospital”, Edmiston said. “Over 100 SouthGroup employees and family members from across the state, including Desoto County, worked as volunteers in registration, course marshals, children’s activities, race assistants, aid stations, traffic control and refreshment services”, Edmiston added.
Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children treats over 150,000 children from every county in Mississippi each year for health issues from cystic fibrosis and diabetes to neurological and heart disorders and other childhood illnesses. “Those of us with healthy children are blessed and this is one way we are able to make sure children in our state with health issues receive world-class medical treatment”, Edmiston said.
The event also included one-mile fun run as well as activities for children. “Next year we are looking for even more participants from all over the state and hope to raise even more money for the treatment of our children”, Edmiston added.