A couple of months ago, 10-year-old Emma Mullet, who attends K-Beach Elementary School, donated 20 dollars that she earned doing household chores like cleaning up dog poop and washing dishes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

“Then they started sending me their monthly newsletter and there was an advertisement for a run that they have every year across the country to raise funds, but they didn’t have one in Alaska, so I decided to have one in Kenai to raise money for the hospital. Today almost 20 runners turned out even though it was windy and cold. When we count it all up I’m sure we’ll have over $1,000 to send to St. Jude’s to help the kids there,” Emma told the Dispatch. “I feel pretty good about what we raised for the first time, but I think I can raise even more money if I really tried.”

In his first race ever, 6-year-old Daniel Heath placed 5th overall and was pretty excited about it. “My mom talked me into running the race. I didn’t even know I was a good runner and I don’t know if I’ll keep doing it, but I wanted to help kids that might not be able to run because they’re sick get better so they can. It’s pretty fun,” he said.

Emma’s 5K race started and finished at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center and was assisted by Kenai Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center Executive Director Johna Beech. You can learn more about St. Jude Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.org.