Jim Schoemehl grew up in Saint Louis County. He attended Vianney High School and then the University of Missouri. At Mizzou, he lived with his best friend and brother, Matt.
After graduation, Jim had a successful career in specialty advertising for Anheuser Busch. He was a talented volleyball and softball player up until the time he got sick. Jim was also a great father to his only daughter, Bradie, and a loving husband to his wife, Alicia.
In September 2001, Jim was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Shortly after the diagnosis, the 1st Annual Jim Schoemehl 5K Run was organized by Alicia's marketing students at Webster Groves High School. The students reached out to a teacher in need and, together, they found a way to work the project into their marketing curriculum.
Jim lost his battle with ALS in July 2003. His family is very proud to have WGHS carry on his legacy and continue to fight for a cure and help other families in need.
The Jim Schoemehl 5k Run was created in 2001 by a DECA student when a marketing teacher from Webster Groves High Schools’ husband, Jim Schoemehl, was diagnosed with ALS in September 2001. In addition to being a loving husband, he was a caring father and had a beautiful two year old daughter. At the time, our school knew nothing about the horrible effects that ALS had on the patient and their family and friends. Unfortunately, Jim lost his battle with ALS, but his legacy lives on in the annual run.
Each year the race has gradually grown to raise more money and awareness for ALS. The run has been integrated into a community event with many families, friends, and even pets participating. The race has persevered through harsh thunderstorms and very hot temperatures. Each year is different from the last because a new group of students organize the run; however we always set the bar higher with each new class. We hope that this year the race continues to grow to exemplary new heights and we know it will be a great success. Help us celebrate becoming “One Step Closer” to finding the cure for ALS and support the Willcut family as they face the struggles that come with an ALS diagnosis.