The Sgt John Cain Comeback Charity Challenge 5k is set for Friday evening, April 8th at 6:30 pm at JF Gregory Park

Charity Challenge for Sgt John Cain Set for April

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (March 24, 2016)–The Sgt John Cain Comeback Charity

Challenge 5k is set for Friday evening, April 8th at 6:30 pm at JF Gregory Park, with the list of

sponsorships growing, according to race directors, Ron and Sandra Elliott of Georgia Game

Changers Running Company.

The race will benefit Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD) Sergeant

John Cain, a Richmond Hill resident, who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Sgt Cain became an international hero when he helped a local injured, runner, Robert McCoy,

who had fallen, across the finish line of the 2015 Savannah Rock and Roll Half Marathon in

November.  The photos, video, and story was picked up by national and international TV

stations and images of the two crossing the finish line went viral.

In December, Sgt Cain went to the emergency room with severe pain, and it was there he found

out he had pancreatic cancer.

His daughter, Shania, began a campaign to raise funds to cover the cost of the treatments,

establishing a Go Fund Me link.  The goal was $200,000, and so far over $33,000 have been

raised. The link is:

Local business in the greater Savannah area have become generous sponsors of the race,

which now has four Platinum level sponsors. Love’s Seafood was the first to join in, followed by

Coastal Empire Plastic Surgery, Circa Lighting of Savannah, and Georgia Game Changers

Running Company.   Liberty Regional Medical recently became a Gold level Sponsor, and

Chu’s Market of Richmond Hill a Silver Sponsor.  River Street Sweets, Nine Line Apparel, Roll

Recovery, and Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurants are Bronze Sponsors.

“I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers and support in both the communities of

Bryan and Chatham Counties, since I began dealing with this illness. With the upcoming race,

we hope to raise enough money to help with medical bills and other expenses,” said Sgt. John

Cain added, “Any money not used in the treatment of my cancer, will be given to the Pancreatic

Cancer Research Center.”

Georgia Game Changers Running Company met Sgt Cain when they contacted him following

the Rock and Roll Race, and offered up a free pair of running shoes.  Sgt Cain chose a Newton

Running Shoe and had begun training with his sister, Stacy Cain Armstrong, with the goal of

completing the entire half-marathon in this year’s Rock and Roll Half Marathon.

Sandra Elliott, owner of Game Change, also began a challenge to the community to help raise

additional funds for  the race.  She is dedicating all of her miles run in the month of March to Sgt

Cain, and then donating a $1. per mile for each mile run to the GoFundMe cause.

“I am hoping others will join me in this challenge, as well help to spread the word about  the 5K

race in April.  We hope to get the Richmond Hill and other local police officers to join the race

and challenge each other as well,” said Elliott.

The race logo came about as a joint effort between Elliott’s daughter, Amanda, and Richmond

Hill resident, Jacy Vergara, who took a pen drawing from Amanda and turned it into the final

logo.  The logo represents not only Sgt Cain’s dedication to the Savannah Chatham Police

Department, but also his battle to win over pancreatic cancer and to a true COMEBACK.

John’s family, his sons, George and Jake, his daughter Shania, his sister, Stacy, and his wife,

Karma,  joined him to kick off the event on Monday at Game Changers.

Each of John’s children expressed their gratitude for the support of their dad. According to

George Cain, “Thank you” just doesn’t seem adequate to express our gratefulness for the love

and support of so many, both locally and across the nation.”

Shania Cain added, “Ever since I was little, I have been ‘daddy’s little angel.’ He has always

been my hero, and has been there for me to rely upon. Now  it is time to return to favor. My dad

is a game changer.  I love him to the moon and back.”

Owners of Love’s Seafood, Fulton and Donna Love, have already jumped on board as the Title

Sponsors of the race, with other local businesses also pledging their support.

Donna Love, said “Love’s Seafood & Steaks is so excited to be the Title Sponsor to help ONE

OF OUR OWN. Not only is John one of our own, but has gone beyond his profession of serving

and protecting us. It is now time for us to try and help protect him with all we can.

Jake Cain, echoed that by saying “I am thankful for the opportunity to raise money for a great

” We are Cains,” he added, “and Cains never give up. We are thankful that Georgia Game

Changers is helping us to put this race together.”

The after party and awards ceremony will be held at Georgia Game Changers Running

Company in Richmond Hill.

The Charity Challenge is to get runners/walkers to donate their logged MARCH running or

walking miles to Sgt Cain and raise funds to match their miles! Race registration is available at Race Day registration will be held at JF Gregory Park in Richmond

Hill from 4 pm to 6:00 pm.  Call Georgia Game Changers for more information. 912-445-2163.