Man Runs on Christmas Day to Raise Money for Local Boy

CREATED Dec 19, 2013

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In December 2009, at the age of seven, Josiah Lake was diagnosed with leukemia. For the next few years he endured rounds of chemotherapy, lost his hair, and underwent several surgeries. Due to his illness, Josiah missed out on many events and opportunities during the holidays because he was too sick to attend. 

In October 2012, Josiah finished his last round of chemotherapy and he was able to start enjoying life again. He took up fishing, his hair grew back, and he was able to spend time with his family and friends. Everything was looking up for Josiah and his family, until he went in for his yearly check-up in 2013. Heartbreaking news hit the ears of the Lake family. Josiah had relapsed and his leukemia had returned. 

The next step for Josiah is to undergo a bone marrow transplant to keep him as healthy as possible in the future because the chemotherapy did not accomplish what the doctors set out for it to do. Josiah's surgery will take place at the University of Michigan Motts Children's Hospital this coming January 2014. 

To show support for Josiah and his family, Jason Evans of Dewitt, Michigan will begin running at 6AM on Christmas Day to raise funds for the Lake family. Evans started the 'Running For Josiah' campaign and plans to run a minimum of 50 miles on Christmas Day. He will continue as long as he can through the rain, sleet, or snow. He will be running the 4-mile square in Dewitt and plans on being out there most of the day and into the night.

Evans is asking his friends, family and the community to support his efforts in raising money for Josiah by pledging per mile, or a simple flat amount. He also welcomes anyone that would like to lace up and run with him, as well as anyone that wants to stop out and cheer him on. 

To find out more on how you can support Josiah Lake visit Jason Evans' Facebook and fund-raising page

You can also contact Jason Evans at or by phone at (517) 303-0188.