- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The St. Jude Memphis Marathon has raised a record $8.2 million to battle cancer and other life-threatening diseases that affect children.

The annual race on Saturday helps raise money and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

People from across the country participate in the race.

Organizers told WMC-TV http://bit.ly/1HOLWCW the amount raised is likely to increase because results are still being tallied.

Earlier this year, the hospital announced the opening of a new research center on its campus in Memphis.

The hospital says it is working to increase the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade.

Families of St. Jude patients pay nothing for treatment, travel, housing and food.

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Information from: WMC-TV, http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/

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