Run to honor local boy who died of rare cancer
by Michelle Babcock
May 01, 2014 12:56 AM | 1906 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The second year of Ricky’s Run is set for this Saturday, with goals to raise funds for various organizations and remember 4-year-old Ricky James, or “Superman” as many called him, who lost his life to cancer in 2010.

Shelli James, Ricky’s mom, said more than 100 participants have already registered, and she’s hoping to beat last year’s turnout of more than 180 runners and $3,000 in funds raised for charity organizations.

“We have a balloon release to start the race, because Ricky loves red balloons,” James said. “And after the race, Georgia Doves donates a 21-dove release, which is very, very nice.”

The event was created in remembrance of the Woodstock boy who died from a rare and aggressive form of cancer just before his fifth birthday.

Participants can register online until midnight tonight and can also register on the day of the event.

“When you register, you have the choice of where you want your donation to go,” she said.

The run supports three organizations: Camp Sunshine, an organization that supports children with cancer and their families through recreation, education and support programs; Camp Southern Ground, a summer camp and year-round retreat for children with diverse abilities; and The Bells Ferry Playground Initiative, a project of the Bells Ferry Learning Center to create an all-natural playground for children in Woodstock and Acworth.

Early registration for the 5K run/walk is $25, and $20 for the 1K fun run/walk. There is also an option to be a phantom runner, so those who want to donate but cannot participate in the activity can register for $25, James said.

Event-day registration for the 5K event will go up to $30, but the cost for the 1K remains the same. Early registration ends today at midnight, and can be done online at

Donations can be made online through the event website until May 10.

James said sponsors will have booths at the event and food will be available on site.

There will be raffle prizes and gift baskets up for raffle, James said.

“The preschool classes have made some raffle baskets,” she said.

Registration for the event will be at the Bells Ferry Learning Center at Highway 92 and Bells Ferry Road. The runs will begin in the Wells Fargo bank parking lot next to the learning center.

The 5K begins at 7:30 a.m., and James suggested runners arrive early to be ready for the run. The 1K will begin at about 8:15 a.m.

James said parking for the event will be available at the strip mall just east of the event on Highway 92.

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