Lansing-area man to run 50 miles for boy, 11

DeWITT, Mich. (AP) — When revelers across Michigan are opening their Christmas presents or grabbing some extra holiday sleep, Jason Evans will be kicking off a daylong run.

Jason Evans plans to jog at least 50 miles on Wednesday to raise money for an 11-year-old boy with leukemia.

Josiah Lake, who was diagnosed with the disease in December 2009, found out last month that he had a relapse.

Now, the Eaton Rapids fifth-grader faces another round of chemotherapy before having bone marrow transplant surgery either next month or in February, his father, Kurt Lake, told the Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/1bo5d74 ).

Evans, a friend of the Lake family, said he hopes the money he raises will help the family defray some of the surgery-related costs not covered by insurance.

Evans, 46, plans to start his run about 6 a.m. at Riverside Park in his hometown of DeWitt. He’s going to jog a 4-mile loop in and around DeWitt.

Several friends have offered to keep him company for at least part of the day, and Evans is inviting others to join him for support. He also is still accepting pledges and donations.

By Saturday, Evans had raised about $4,000, assuming he ran only 50 miles. But he plans to run farther, perhaps 75 miles or more.

“I’ll go as long as I can,” said Evans, a running enthusiast who has spiked running shoes ready if conditions are icy. “I did a 100-mile race once for a belt buckle (award). I can do this.”

Kurt Lake said Josiah hopes to watch part of the run.

“We’re kind of blown away by it,” Kurt Lake said.

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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