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Sam Robb Memorial 5K Benefits Cancer Research

This year's run, in memory of Roswell resident and local high school athlete Sam Robb, will be held in Johns Creek.

The family of former Blessed Trinity athlete continues the fight against cancer, even after his death from osteosarcoma with the 4th Annual "Sam Robb Memorial 5K and Fun Run" to be held in Newtown Park in Johns Creek this Saturday, Feb. 4.

The race honors Sam Robb, the son of Sam and Annamarie Robb of Roswell. A stellar athlete and incredible human being, Sam lost his battle with osteosarcoma at the age of 20 in 2007. The first Sam Robb Memorial 5K Run/Walk was held in November 2008 and organized by Andrew George, Sam’s friend, a graduate and the son of pediatric oncologist Brad George, who treated Sam throughout his illness.

“I remember Sam’s perseverance and his quiet strength as he went through treatment,” said Andrew. “I organized this race not only to honor Sam’s legacy and my dad’s extraordinary efforts to treat him, but to help others battling this terrible disease.”

Each year, over 200 runners participate in the race, which has raised more than $22,000 for the Sam Robb Fund at CURE Childhood Cancer. The fund supports the Sam Robb Fellow at the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Services of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine and helps to defray the costs of prosthetic devices for children with a cancer diagnosis who cannot afford to purchase and/or maintain them.  

“This race really honors Sam’s athleticism and generous spirit. We can’t bring him back, but we can honor his legacy by coming together to raise funds to support our ultimate goal - a cure for childhood cancer,” said Sam’s mother, Annamarie Robb.

The race takes place Saturday, Feb. 4 at at 8 a.m. Registration for the Fun Run is $5. 5K is registration is $30. Awards will be given for male and female overall and masters as well as the top three finishers in each age group.

For more information about CURE Childhood Cancer, visit their website.

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