|Updated: 10/14/2012 7:21 pm
||Published: 10/13/2012 5:26 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Runners lace their shoes and tie their hearts to those battling cancer in the Faith Support Ministry 5K race. Planners also remember five-year-old Joel Smith, who lost his fight against brain cancer.
"It's been a year since Joel has been gone. Of course, it has been hard. But we celebrate where he is at," said mother Amy Smith.
Right before Smith died last year, the community made his dream come true by making him Batman for a day.
"I think in his little mind he thought he was Batman. He loved Batman because Batman to him represented helping people," said father Bobby Smith.
About 600 people gathered to honor smith and other cancer victims, plus they helped current patients with bills.
"For every person that registers for a team, we give back $15 to the families. So that can really add up quickly and it's a great benefit. Its a way to provide immediate help to them," said Race Director Elaine Moran.
Money can't heal the pain. But the support and prayers of the Faith Support Ministry provides comfort.
"You still hurt and you have this pain that wont go away. But its easier. It gets easier," said Amy.
Planners have held the event for the past six years. It as a ministry of Faith Baptist Church.