PCSO organizes run for 8-year-old who battled cancer

PCSO organizes run for 8-year-old who battled cancer

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SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -

As the medical bills mounted for an 8-year-old battling lymphoma, thieves stole donation jars her family needed to cover the cost of treatments.

To help raise money, deputies, firefighters, doctors and paramedics helped raise funds for her with a 5k race.

When the Pinal County Sheriff's office launches their chopper, you would assume a serious crime was committed. But on Saturday morning, they responded to a call to run on behalf of Dakota Clark.

"No man, no woman is taller than when they're on bended knee helping a child," said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.

"This is the best idea we came up with and it's working out so well...so many runners that showed up today, well over 200 runners," said Eric Berner, Pinal County deputy.

Babeu and his deputies planned "Heroes Run for Dakota" after two donation jars set up on her behalf were stolen from local Walgreens stores.

"Who would ever steal two jars with donations at Walgreens? Two different criminals and we made it our business to catch these bad guys, and we arrested both of them," said Babeu.

But bringing the thefts in wasn't enough for the PCSO team.

"We got together and we made a contribution that was far in excess of what was stolen, then we said, 'What else can we do to help out?'" said Babeu.  

"A great turn-out for the family, the family is very happy we helped them out a bunch," said Travis Williams, Pinal County deputy.

Not only did the sheriff and his deputies help put on this event, they also participated.

The event raised over 5,000 for Dakota, but that's not even the best part of the day: all of the runners learned that Dakota's cancer is in remission.

Now that Dakota's cancer is in remission, she's visiting other young children who are beginning their fight against cancer.

To donate, visit dakotasdestiny.com

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