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Walking for a cause

St. Jude Walk-A-Thon coming to High Desert

Editor's note:

The contact information for the St. Jude Walk-A-Thon appeared in the print edition of the story that ran in Monday's Daily Press. It was inadvertently left out of the online edition. It has since been added to the bottom of the story. We apologize for the error.

Tiffany Gilstrap won't be able to walk in the High Desert's first St. Jude Walk-A-Thon, but she'll play a key role in making it happen.

“St. Jude’s is a great cause, and not a lot of people understand how much it costs to keep their doors open,” Gilstrap said. “It takes volunteers and walkers to raise this money to help.”

The Victorville resident is organizing the 10K walk, which is scheduled for April 27 at Sunset Ridge Park in Victorville. The walk is $10 and children under 10 are free.

The St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital contacted Gilstrap in December and asked her to help with the event because she had helped raise money for the charity a few years ago through a car wash.

While she will be overseeing the walk, Gilstrap won’t be participating. A traumatic injury to her right knee has forced her to walk with a cane, and the walk of roughly 6 miles would be too painful for her.

“I would probably do it in a heartbeat if I didn’t have the knee problem,” she said.

Gilstrap hopes to raise $10,000 for the hospital, which has treated children with terminal illnesses around the world for more than 50 years.

“It would be great if everyone got together to help the hospital and the children,” said Gilstrap, who said she was surprised and honored to be asked to lead the effort.

Her fiance, Josh Addante, is the entertainment and media chairman for the walk, and he’s also coordinating and promoting the event through the couple’s video production business.

“We’re grateful to the volunteers who are making a difference for kids with cancer and other deadly diseases,” St. Jude’s spokeswoman Lynette Hizon said. “Thanks to funds raised at community events like this one, no patient family ever pays St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for anything.”

For more information, or to register, donate, volunteer or sponsor, call Tiffany Gilstrap (760) 780-6914.

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