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SacTown run nets 140K for kids hospitals
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (4/4/12)--The first Credit Union SacTown 10 Mile Run--which took place Sunday in downtown Sacramento, Calif.--raised more than $140,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in California and Nevada.

The first Credit Union SacTown 10 Mile Run raised more than $140,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in California and Nevada. The Sacramento, Calif., event was sponsored by Credit Union Miracle Day Inc. along with 64 credit unions and credit union businesses, including the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues. Pictured are SacTown 10 Mile Run participants, including individual race winners: Tesfaye Alemayehu and Jane Kibii, with 11 year-old Parmina Valentine, a cancer patient at UC Davis, and members of the SacTown 10 Committee. (Photo provided by California and Nevada Credit Union League.)
The event was sponsored by Credit Union Miracle Day Inc., along with 64 credit unions and credit union businesses, including the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.

The "SacTown 10," also designed to increase national awareness of credit unions, took place the same day as the 40th Annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten-Mile Run in Washington D.C., followed by Credit Union Freedom Runs for troops overseas.

Combined, the "Family of Races" raised a total of $515,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.

Nearly 1,050 runners participated in the Sacramento race, which started and finished in front of the State Capitol building, with a $15,000 prize purse awarded.

Cara Cooper, a St. Francis High School junior who credits treatment she received at UC Davis Children's Hospital with helping her recover from the H1N1 virus (swine flu), sang the national anthem to start the event . Eleven-year-old Parmina Valentine, a cancer patient at UC Davis, cheered the runners on to the finish line and presented awards.

The Credit Union SacTown 10 kicked off with a craft day and news conference Friday  for credit union sponsors at UC Davis Children's Hospital in Sacramento. At the event, California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues President/CEO Diana Dykstra and SacTown 10 Committee Chairman John Pamer, CEO of Concord, Calif-based Diablo Valley FCU, presented Children's Miracle Network Hospitals with a check representing the $515,000 raised for children's hospitals.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is an alliance of premier children's hospitals across North America that treat 17 million critically ill children annually‚ regardless of their ability to pay.

Credit Union Miracle Day is the title sponsor group of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. It is a partnership of credit unions, credit union service organizations, and partner organizations nationwide that joined under the umbrella of Credit Unions for Kids to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
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