As the host CMN hospital, UC Davis Children’s Hospital held several events on the days leading up to the April 2 Credit Union (CU) SACTOWN Run.

Each event was made special by the participation of UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients and CMN champion kids. Fifteen-year-old UC Davis leukemia patient Angela House, 7-year-old leukemia patient Reese Baker and brain cancer survivor Timmy Brown all took part in the celebrations and proudly represented their fellow patients and families who continue to need the community’s support.

UC Davis Children's Hospital patients.

Left: Angela House, 15. Middle: Reese Baker, 7. Right: Timmy Brown, 7.

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CU SACTOWN Run at UC Davis Children’s Hospital
Thursday, March 30

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients participated in a race to kick off the CU SACTOWN Run weekend of events. Presented by the Sacramento Running Association and Credit Unions for Kids, the race featured one lap around the unit floor and a medal ceremony to celebrate the children. Medals were provided by the SRA and members of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues were present to support the event. The kids also enjoyed a visit from the Travis Credit Union eagle mascot.

Pediatric patients walking through halls.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients participating in a race around the unit.

Press Conference
Friday, March 31

As the region’s only CMN Hospital, UC Davis Children’s Hospital hosted a press conference with speakers representing the CU SACTOWN Run, including:

• David Kawatu – Director, Division of Pediatric Gastroentorology & Nutrition, UC Davis Children’s Hospital
• Eric Guerra – Sacramento City Councilmember
• John Pamer – Chairman, CU SACTOWN Run
• Denis Zilaff – Board President, SRA
• Scott Abbott – Executive Director, SRA
• Diana Dykstra – President/CEO, CCUL

The press conference concluded with the presentation of a $580,485 check. This total represents all funds raised between the SACTOWN Run and the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Run. The funds will go to the CMN Hospitals on the East Coast as well as California and Nevada, including UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Check Presentation photo

Representatives from the California and Nevada Credit Union League and Sacramento Running Association present a check for $580,485 to Children Miracle Network Hospitals.

CU SACTOWN Reception
Saturday, April 1

Special guests and CU SACTOWN Run committee members attended a reception at Lucca’s restaurant in downtown Sacramento. The evening included an auction where attendees bid on art pieces created by UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients.

  • Group of people posing for photo with Thank You sign.
    Special guests attending the CU SACTOWN Run reception displaying a 'Thank You to our Sponsors' sign and auctioned art pieces created by the children in UC Davis Children's Hospital.

CU SACTOWN Run
Sunday, April 2

This year’s Credit Union SACTOWN Run set records for both dollars raised and runners registered. With more than 1,700 registered runners, the annual event helped raise $580,485.

Race finish line.

Volunteers await the runners at the finish line.

Read the full story of the CU SACTOWN Run race day. (hyperlink)

Or watch a quick video of the CU SACTOWN Run. Credit: Dave Finn