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DJ Kevin Kline completed a 13-day ultramarathon, sprinting across Texas 10 hours a day while braving the wind, rain, cold and hills through Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, finishing his journey in his hometown of Houston.
January 15, 2010 – Texas Medical Center News
Houston radio personality Kevin Kline rang in the new year on the right foot when he charged up the steps of Texas Children’s Hospital Jan. 1, completing a 500-mile solo run that began Dec. 20 in Dallas.
Kline completed his 13-day ultramarathon to raise money for Texas Children’s Cancer Center, sprinting across the state 10 hours a day while braving the wind, rain, cold and hills through Austin and San Antonio, finishing his journey in his hometown of Houston.
Kline’s run culminated on the steps of Texas Children’s Hospital where he was received by hundreds of cheering supporters including hospital staff, patients, families and fans. More than 50 Texas Children’s Cancer Center patients and survivors completed the last block of the run with Kline, who was also escorted into the Texas Medical Center by hundreds of Harley Davidson motorcycle riders.
Kline’s ambitious undertaking is the first of its kind in Texas and all proceeds benefit research and patient services at Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
Through his run, Kline hoped to raise awareness about pediatric cancer throughout Texas and to provide a visible reminder that everyone can make a difference and create hope for a child with cancer.
“I ran for all of the children at Texas Children’s Cancer Center who have so profoundly touched my life with their courage and strength,” said Kline. “I was motivated to start and finish this run so that with each stride, I could help bring organizations like Texas Children’s one step closer to a cure.”
Well known on the local radio scene, Kline is the president and founder of the Snowdrop Foundation, which raises money for Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Foundation funding supports the center’s pediatric cancer research, provides twice-a-year weekend excursions for patients, and awards college scholarships to pediatric cancer patients and childhood cancer survivors.
“Kevin’s tireless passion and commitment to Texas Children’s Cancer Center is so apparent in every venture he takes on and every effort he makes to create awareness about pediatric cancer,” said David Poplack, M.D., medical director of Texas Children’s Cancer Center. “We feel so fortunate to have someone as tremendously devoted as Kevin as our friend and supporter.”
Pictured: Houston radio personality Kevin Kline, center, was joined by 13-year-old cancer patient Emily Freeman, left, and 6-year-old cancer survivor Leah Van Beveran right,on the last block of his 13-day run across Texas to raise funds for Texas Children’s Cancer Center. (Photo by Craig Hartley)