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Race for Jace: Runners pay it forward for boy with cancer

Three Huntersville Police officers who are running in the Skidaway Island Half Marathon March 24 in Savannah are collecting donations for Warrior Jace and the Thompson Family.

Warrior Jace is five years old

Diagnosed with a brainstem tumor back in October, Warrior Jace has been an inspiration to countless people, having endured more than most adults in a few short months. He is the five-year-old son of Jennifer and Eric Thompson.

Jennifer is a Cornelius Police captain, while husband Eric is a North Carolina Highway Patrol lieutenant. The Thompsons have massive medical expenses related to Jace’s care at a clinical trial program in Washington D.C.

Jace has Diffuse Intrinsic Potine Glioma (DIPG), an aggressive brain tumor found in the base of the brain.

Sgt. Brian Luthart, Sgt. Gary Kriss and Officer Steve Lehew are running in the Skidaway Half Marathon in honor of Warrior Jace and the Thompson family. All proceeds will go to the family.

For more information, contact Brian Luthart at 704-464-5400 or email him at bluthart@huntersville.org.

Donations may be mailed to the Cornelius Police Dept., attention Race for Jace 21440 Catawba Ave, Cornelius, NC 28031
Luthart’s son was burned in an accident with a lantern in 2014. He was so grateful for the support from other first responders that he is wanting to pay it forward by running for Jace, police officers said.