This will be my sixth year running for the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I have osteo arthritis in my knees so it gets more difficult to run each year. I run because of what my son went through 10 years ago. He had been having headaches off and on for a few months and then on July 4th of 2007; he had a severe headache. We took him to his pediatrician the next day to see if he had developed an ear infection. Oh! by the way my son's name is Thomas. She couldn't find anthing wrong. She then said to let her check his eyes. She looked concerned because she couldn't see his optic nerve. She sent us to Vanderbilt immediately to have a MRI. When the results came back it was Thomas's doctor that told us he had a brain tumor. I almost passed out. My wife Tina told me I turned white as snow. Thomas was admitted immediately to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. We called our church to inform our pastor and have everyone begin to pray. We met with the surgeon who would be performing the surgery to remove the tumor. This was on Monday and we had to wait until Friday for the surgery. Thomas would have to stay because they didn't want anything jar it. It was the longest 5 days we have ever endured and all the thoughts that went through our minds and the what ifs. Friday came and we prayed with the doctors and nurses that would be in the surgery room with Thomas. We had given it to the Lord to watch over him. We were at peace. They would come out and tell us at what point they were at every hour. Then the surgeon came out and told us everything went extremely well. When they opened Thomas up; he said the turmor just came to them. They removed it and sent it off to the lab. A few days later we found out is was benign. A huge relief went over us with praises to our Heavenly Father. I was watching television one day when an advertisement for St. Jude Children's Hospital came on. It went through everything that went on there and how I could support them. I told my wife we should do this. We started supported St. Jude Children's Hospital. About 4 years later my sister told me I should take up running. I started working out and doing short runs. Then I ran a 5k; then a 10k and then a 15k. I decided it was time to run a Half Marathon. I ran the Country Music Half Marathon in 2012. At the time I didn't realized that St. Jude was one of the sponsors. As I checked for more information on St. Jude run; I found the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend. I told Tina I was going to start training for this event and help raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I was given a small vision into what these families were going through with what we had endured with our son. I couldn't begin to imagine the huge weight that was there for them. If I could do a small part for the kids of St. Jude I was going to try. Now I will be running my sixth Half Marathon this December. I thank each and everyone of my supporters as I begin to raise funds for this wonderful Hospital.