NewsChannel 4 personalities raise $200,000 for children battling leukemia

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OKLAHOMA CITY - It is considered among the most difficult single-day races in the world.

NewsChannel 4's Scott Hines, Emily Sutton and 13 others proved that anything is possible, conquering 140.6 miles and crossing the finish line as Ironmen.

In addition to the feat, the team raised over $200,000 for the Go Mitch Go Foundation.

It’s money that will help fund important cancer research locally and at facilities like MIT.

John and Tracy Whitaker started the Go Mitch Go Foundation after their son, Mitchell, lost his battle with leukemia.

His last words were, “Keep fighting.”

Last week, Mitchell's parents made a big donation on behalf of Team Oklahoma.

They say the donation is to help pay for camps for Oklahoma children and teens with life-threatening and chronic diseases.

“We'd like to present the Cavett Kids Foundation with a check for $15,000 in hopes you can help other young people battling cancers and provide leadership lessons in honor of Jefferson and his fantastic legacy,” John said.

The special scholarship honors the life of Jefferson Grasmick, who was known as J.P by his friends and family.

J.P. was an Army sergeant and All-State quarterback from Bethany High School who 'fought like hell' to beat cancer.

There was no better example of a “Keep fighting" spirit.

During Jefferson's senior year as a Bethany Broncho, he and his teammates made a special visit to see Mitchell in the hospital.

J.P.’s dad, Howard, remembers that day well.

“J.P. has his hands on his shoulder and who would have known there was something common we didn't know about,” he said. “We rejoice. God has blessed us that we have the knowledge where their destiny is.”

These legacies are sure to live on for a long time.

Scott, Emily and the rest of Team Oklahoma will never stop fighting for their cause.

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