Welcome to Christopher's Run
Christopher's Run is an annual 5K Run/Walk in Southampton, New York that is held in memory of a young boy named Christopher Lesta. He was very special in our community and will always have a special place in our hearts. The run is sponsored by The Christopher Lesta Fund Inc, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Christopher was born with Hunter Syndrome (or MPS II), a rare and untreatable genetic disorder caused by the body’s inability to produce certain necessary enzymes. Due to this inability, cells do not perform properly and cause progressive damage throughout the body, including a drastically shortened lifespan.
In December 2005, Christopher underwent an Umbilical Cord Blood Transplant at Duke University Medical Center. He had been doing well, and even started Kindergarten in September 2007, where he made many friends. Unexpectedly in December 2007, he passed away due to an infection that spread throughout his body to his heart.
June 2008 marked the First Annual Christopher's 5K Run/Walk to remember Christopher Lesta.
Please consider making a donation to ‘The Christopher Lesta Fund, Inc.’
In 2014, we reached our goal of $50,000 that benefited the children and families on the Transplant Unit at the Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant Program at Duke University Medical Center. This year, proceeds will benefit a family or families in need and/or an organization on the East End. In the past, we have donated to Camp Good Grief in Westhampton Beach.
Christopher has touched many lives. His spirit continues to live on in all of us!