Pickerington Times-Sun

iRun for Jonah

5K event to benefit local family

The fifth annual iRun for Jonah 5K Race fundraiser will be held Sunday, May 18, at Pickerington High School Central.

Race day registration runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or people can register online at irunforjonah.com. The run begins at 2 p.m.

Additional information can be obtained by sending email to Heather Peirano at heather_peirano@plsd.us.

The race is held in memory of Jonah Hoser, a Diley Middle School student who died in 2010.

Event organizers said Hoser was born with a severe congenital heart defect that required multiple open-heart surgeries and eventually landed him on the transplant list at age 2.

A week after his fourth birthday, Jonah received a heart transplant that allowed him to become more active and live a more normal life.

Halfway through his sixth-grade year at Diley, Hoser began to experience heart troubles and he died that spring, event organizers said.

Pickerington students were looking for a way to give back to the Hoser family.

The PHS Central Student Leadership Committee -- a combination of Renaissance, Student Council, Sunny Side Up, National Honor Society, and Key Club planned an iRun for Jonah event.

A 5k race was put together to benefit Jonah and his family to defray medical expenses.

Because of the success of the original event, organizers and the Hoser family decided to continue the event annually in Jonah's memory.

This year's beneficiary is the Nutter Family.

Organizers said Gabe Nutter, has acute lymphoblastic leukemia which is a blood cancer.

Currently, the chemotherapy is working and Gabe is having a positive response to the treatment, event organizers said.