Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga is thrilled to bring new excitement to the long held community event, the Karen Lawrence Run, by rebranding the event as the RMHC Run4Kids in Memory of Karen Lawrence. Since 1979 the Lawrence family has hosted a fundraising 5k in memory of their daughter, Karen.

The RMHC Run4Kids will be held at Camp Jordan on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2pm. Attendees can expect a fun, family-friendly event with timed and untimed race experiences as well as activities for children of all ages.


The History behind the Run:

Since 1979, the Karen Lawrence Run has been held on New Year’s Eve in Chattanooga hosted by the downtown Sportsbarn. Karen Lawrence, at the age of 11 and having battled acute lymphocytic leukemia for the past year and a half, started the first race.  Less than 3 months later Karen lost her battle, and the Lawrence Family has proudly been carrying on the tradition since.  It is in her honor and with her courage of conviction that family, friends and scores of volunteers and supporters have given of their time, talent and resources to keep this event going year to year.

“Before she lost her battle with leukemia, Karen asked us to continue helping sick kids,” shared Phyllis Lawrence, Karen’s mother.  “Our family has honored that request for 40 years by both raising funds and volunteering for causes near to her heart and ours.  We are excited to continue her legacy with the Run4Kids in Memory of Karen Lawrence, a run and walk with events for everyone from the avid runner to the family who walks together.”

In 2014 the Lawrence family named Ronald McDonald House Charites of Greater Chattanooga as the sole beneficiary of the event. The Ronald McDonald House keeps families of critically-ill children together and allows for them to fully participate in their child’s medical care, so it is fitting that a family so dedicated to causes such as these would continue in Karen’s legacy.