Pumpkin Run Raises Funds For Children's Program

See a slideshow with photos from the event

Duke community members, their friends and families walked, jogged and ran Nov. 5 for a cause.

LIVE FOR LIFE, Duke's employee wellness program, hosted about 150 students, faculty, staff and more as part of its annual Pumpkin Fun Run. The event raised $538 to support Duke's Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation program, which provides care and support to children suffering from cancer, genetic defects or blood disorders.

In addition to running and walking the 2.9-mile Al Buehler Cross Country Trail near the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club, participants enjoyed dancing, music and a roving magician. Children's activities included an inflatable slide, pumpkin painting and face painting. All registered participants received a free pair of orange LIVE FOR LIFE socks.

"It's amazing how the Duke community comes together to not just to help us support health and wellness, but these very important programs that help children in need," said Julie Joyner, manager for LIVE FOR LIFE. "Bringing families together is always a good time and we look forward to doing it all over again next year."

Raffles and prizes for participants were donated by several sponsors: REI, Gracie's Gear, Earth Fare, Ben Franklin Massage, Duke Health and Fitness Club, Fitness World, Healthtrax, Southwind, Total Fitness, and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA.