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Runners Take on 5K to Help Bridgeport Child with Stage IV Cancer

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On Saturday, Pro Performance in Monongalia County sponsored a 5K, where participants were fighting for more than just a first-place finish. Instead, it was all for a child's fight against cancer.

Jack Rollins was only two years old when he was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma in 2013. He's facing an uphill battle, but area runners joined Jack's fight to raise awareness, one step at a time.

"When you see Jack, whether it'd be in the hospital or at home, you never know who you're going to see, actually; it could be Batman, Captain America, it could be Spiderman..." said Belinda Adkins, Jack's grandmother.

They say that super heroes can come in all shapes and sizes. You may not always see them, but you know they're there. For dozens of 5K runners, that hero is three-year-old Jack Rollins.

"Running the last hundred meters, all I could think about was Jack, and that inspired me to finish it off strong," said runner Claire Staud.

Donning their capes, runners embarked on a three mile journey through Mylan Park on Saturday morning, a testament to the uphill battle little Jack faces every day. He's currently undergoing chemotherapy every two weeks and will have surgery to remove the tumors caused by Neuroblastoma.

"We have a daughter that is the same age as Jack, and it really hit home that someone we knew had childhood cancer," said Christine Adams, who helped to organize the event

To say that Jack and his family's story is an inspiration to others would be an understatement.

"I signed up as soon as I found out about it, just having a little one....just really helping support," said runner Daniel Dowdy.

Family members said that support goes a long way for Jack, as well as the support of many more adoring fans at the hospital.

"All the kids wave at him, they yell for him, because they know when they see him, because they know when they see the IV pole coming with the mask on the top of it, they know that Jack is coming," said Adkins.

But one person in particular - who came all the way from Gotham City to be at Saturday's event - could help to give Jack the courage he needs to win his fight once and for all.

"He wasn't doing really well, and Batman stopped by for a visit. The faces of his parents, and Jack, they were smiling, they were laughing. Batman holds a special place in our heart," said Adkins.

Several other fundraisers are in the works, including Jack's Superhero Ride coming up in May in Pickens.

You can donate to Jack's cause on his fundraising website. His family has also listed information on a Facebook page in Jack's name, or you can make a donation at any BB&T location.

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