Wilson Patterson (March 14, 2006 — November 24, 2014)
Wilson spent half his life living in Okinawa, Japan with his mom, Jaime, and dad, Bobby, who is a United States Marine. Wilson enjoyed living overseas but also loved living in Ohio near his family. Wilson was an avid outdoorsman - loved fishing, hunting, and 4 wheeling - even at such a young age! He also loved sports, art, legos, cooking, eating — there wasn’t much that kid wouldn’t try! Wilson also loved his baby sister, Willa Grace (whom he named). Even though she was only 5 weeks old when he passed away, they will always have a special bond.
Wilson was diagnosed with Burkitt’s in May of 2013, while on vacation in Ohio with his parents. He was just 7 years old at the time, but was wise beyond his years. After 6 months of chemotherapy, we believed Wilson was in remission, but unfortunately the cancer came back in October of 2013. We were devastated, once again, but Wilson just said “ok, what’s next”. In January of 2014, Wilson had an umbilical cord stem cell transplant and sailed through with flying colors. Unfortunately, in April of 2014 we received the heartbreaking news that the cancer was back once again and this time there weren’t many viable options. But, in Wilson fashion, we all refused to give up! He received 2 separate rounds of radiation, many more doses of chemo and even tried to get into a clinical trial at the NIH but nothing was eradicating this disease. We worked with the oncology staff at Akron Children’s along with the palliative care team to give Wilson the best, most comfortable 7 more months of life. Throughout the entire 18 months, Wilson always kept his spirits high and stayed as positive as possible. He had a strength most grown adults don’t possess. He stayed very busy, kept everyone on their toes and made the most of the time he had - never giving up and never loosing hope. Winning 4 Wilson.
Running 4 Wilson began in 2015 as a way to pay it forward in Wilson’s memory. While living in Okinawa, Wilson was involved in every sport, including running. As a family, we would often run in the evenings and enjoyed spending time together. Running 4 Wilson not only keeps Wilson’s memory alive, it also is a great way to raise money for various charities. This year, Project Ed Bear is the recipient of our virtual run.
Project Ed Bear is an all volunteer organization dedicated to providing comforts and needs to pediatric oncology patients in Northeast Ohio primarily at Akron Children's Hospital of Akron and Akron Children's Hospital of Mahoning County.
Each person registered for the virtual run will receive a t-shirt with the 2016 Running for Wilson logo on it. Size must be specified at checkout. If you do not want to receive a t-shirt, please select the "Donation" option. This option allows the dollar amount of your choosing to be paid and all proceeds will benefit Project Ed Bear.
Please note that the prices listed are per ticket. When any of the group packages available are selected, you will be charged that price for each ticket.
Tickets sales end August 19th, 2016 so we can ship out the shirts. Please make sure you add your shipping address to the registration.
Frequently asked Questions:
What's a virtual run?
--- A virtual run is simply a race that you can run anytime, any place, any distance you choose! The whole point of a virtual run is to get involved in the cause without having to travel from home! Feel free to get a local group together and run!
What type of shirts?
This year the shirts are tech shirts!! We will have men's and women's sizes available, so please be sure to check the appropriate box.