Dear family and friends,
Many of you have heard our story of how we got involved with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I think it is worth repeating. Back in 2003 our daughter Anna a twin to her sister Grace was diagnosed with a brain tumor know as Pontine Glioma. She battle it bravely but with all effort available at that time we lost that battle. That was the saddest time in my life and still is today. Since that day my wife Chris and I have been devoted to helping in the cure for childhood cancer. As of 2009 we dedicated our efforts to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Since than Chris and I have been helping St. Jude Children's research Hospital in their mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. The care, research and treatments at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is top in the world. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Everything St. Jude Children's research Hospital does is centered on finding cures and saving children without expense to the family.
In our efforts to help we started running marathons to raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. How crazy was that! Well we trained and ran and ran and ran. We have raised thousands of dollars running the St. Jude Memphis Marathon. Every year when the course take me through the campus of St. Jude. I get to see the children and their parents line the streets and peek out of the windows of the hospital for those who are unable to go outside. That lifts me up so much and makes me want to pick up my pace. It is there were I realized that it is impossible to cry and run at the same time. As I make it through the campus settle back down and get back on pace I realize that this is the same scenario many of the children are going through They have their ups and downs of the battle that they are fighting. Thanks to the staff and doctors of St. Jude Children's research Hospital many children of St. Jude have had huge success. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.
In the past years of running the St. Jude Memphis Marathon I have encountered success with 1st and 2nd place finishes in the masters division. That is the over 40 crowd. As last year came around I was looking for another win. Unfortunately I hit a big obstacle. I have injured myself with a labral tear in the hip and was going to have surgery. I thought to myself about what to do. I realized that it is not always about winning the race but getting through it. The children being treated at St. Jude have setbacks in their treatments. They do not give up fighting, the Doctors do not give up fighting, so nether will I. I will have surgery, get rehabilited and keep continuing to help the St. Jude. As Danny Thomas, founder said "No child should die in the dawn of life". With your help we can join with St. Jude in their mission in saving the lives of children. I Continied to raise funds for St. Jude and event ran the Half Marathon just 2 and a half month post surgery. What an experiance. I had the honor to push a St. Jude cancer surviver through the Half Marathon. It is children like him why we keep raising funds for St. Jude. In hope that one day all children will be surviors.
Please donate now and feel satisfied that you have made it possible that the children at St. Jude can continue to get treatment in saving their lives. Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your donations could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.
Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50
These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.
Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.
Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75
St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.
Creative Toys: $100
Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and it’s important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.
Delicious Meals: $210
St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.
One Day of Oxygen: $447
Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young
body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.
Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700
These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.
Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 Average
For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child
and one parent or guardian.
Thank you for your support!