One of my personal heroes is my grandmother, Marion Barabas. Throughout her life she took care of her family, friends and, as I found out later in life, the children of St. Jude's. I shouldn't have been surprised that my grandmother or, as I called her "Mama", found a connection with this organization. Mama always believed in giving and helping others in small, impactful ways while keeping her youthful spirit. She didn't want to see any child suffer or die which is why she, along with my grandfather, was a strong, continuous supporter of St. Jude's until she passed in 2012.
Since her passing, my goal has been to keep Mama's memory and tradition going. Running as a St. Jude Hero is an unforgettable experience every year. The young patients of St. Jude's give me the strength and inspiration to carry me to that finish line. For the sixth consecutive year, I am running and raising funds to support St. Jude's lifesaving mission of saving children. I will not stop raising funds until a cure is found, but I need your support to help me reach my fundraising goal for the kids of St. Jude.
Unfortunately, treatment and cures are still needed to help the St. Jude's patients. On September 9, 2017, I will be running the Milwaukee Brewers Half Marathon as a St. Jude Hero. For those of you who have donated before, thank you. Your donations have helped patients receive chemo treatments, classes so they don't fall behind in school, given lodging to family so that parents and children can be together and so much more. However, there is still work to be done. Every dollar donated brings us closer to a cure.
How your donation helps:
- Thanks to donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.
- St. Jude will continue to improve the treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through its groundbreaking research.
Thank you for your support! Each and every one of you will be running with me (and Mama) on September 9th!