22nd annual Jingle Bell Jog set for Saturday

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- The 22nd annual Jingle Bell Jog will kickoff at 8 a.m. Saturday at 311 Third Avenue -- rain or shine.

Funds raised through the Children's Miracle Network help benefit infants in Phoebe's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and children in Albany by providing specialized equipment and programs to help pediatric patients at Phoebe.

The race will include a 10K run, 5K run/walk and a 1-mile fun walk. This year, there are new pre-certified courses and designated parking on Phoebe campus. Children can enjoy taking pictures with Jingles the reindeer and face painting.

Albany's Claire Thompson was only three pounds, 5 ounces when she was born at Phoebe. But while she was 32 weeks premature, she was cared for in the NICU for 30 days. Now 23 years old, Thompson helps save the lives of premature babies everyday at the NICU, where she started out life as a patient.

"I love working here," she said. "The care these babies receive from the nursing staff at Phoebe is incredible."