Many people are familiar with St. Jude Children's Hospital by either hearing about a phone-a-thon or some special event honoring St. Jude. But I am not sure that many people are aware of just how great their facilities are in helping children fight cancer and other illness. This is done at no expense to the families (including food, lodging and travel) impacted by terrible circumstances that cannot be avoided. 100% of all donations go straight to the children and families impacted by cancer or sickness, which takes the stress out of escalating medical bills that are seen when having a child in the hospital for days/weeks/months at a time. This is the 4th year that I have signed up to raise $2,500 and I am signed up to run the half again this year. I love this race, not only because of what it stands for, but also I enjoy the course and the support that the runners get on race day!
As many of you are aware, I had a very special friend that was a patient at St. Jude during her high school years, which is often times the hardest years of anyone's childhood. She was able to get Chemo from St. Jude and got rid of the Cancer and went into remission. Years later, she became a nurse at St. Jude and actually worked with the doctors that took care of her years back. My motivation to raise money is in her honor as she passed away 6 years ago. She was a special person, so much so that St. Jude actually named a wing of the hospital in her name. Running has been one of my passions for many years now and I know that there are children that aren't able to run, and since I can, I want to run and raise money to help them get better! Any amount that you are able to donate is greatly appreciated. Like I have said to myself every year prior to running this race since she passed - this race is for you, Beverly Jo!
It costs $1.8 million a day to operate St. Jude. Did you know that 70% of the funds come from the public? That means your donation, no matter what the size, will help!
How your donation helps:
• Thanks to donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything, including lodging, food and travel.
• St. Jude will continue to improve treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through it's groundbreaking research.
• For every child treated at St. Jude, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries.
Thank you for your support!