About two years ago I began running as a way to lose a little weight and become a little more healthy. You see, I made some choices...choices I had control over...eat that second donut...yes I want fries with that cheeseburger...boy a nap would sure feel better than getting out there and "doing something"...all decisions that affected my life and health...all decisions I had control over...I did not like the extra weight and unhealthy feeling I had...so I made the decision to do something about it...I began to run...and eat a little more healthy...unfortunately, there are many kids that have absolutely no control over the life altering cancer, disease and other tragic circumstances that just "show up" without warning...without being "invited"...obviously without any control over the "decision" made...as those of you who know me, know well, I am passionate about kids and want to do my part...I want to help in my very small way...so I've committed to raising funds as a St. Jude Hero to support St. Jude's lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children. I need your support to help me reach my fundraising goal for the kids of St. Jude.
I have joined the team for a local boy here in Van Buren to help his team in this event...below is his mother's story:
My son (Brayden Shields) at 7 months old was pre-diagnosed with avdanced bilateral retinoblastoma(June 21, 2010). Which are tumors that form in both eyes. Within less than 24 hours we were in Memphis at St.Jude. He was officially diagnosed on (June 23rd, 2010) He has gone through almost 10 months of chemotherapy and with retinoblastoma he stands a very high chance of having secondary cancers for the rest of his life. Bilateral rentinoblastoma are tumors in both eyes. He started with 3 tumors in his Left and 2 tumors in his Right.
Brayden now has too many tumors to count well over 60 (including seeds) in his eyes all together since we've started. Brayden had to eventually have radioactive plaques placed in both eyes and first the left in Sept of 2011 that seemed to stablize the left eye then almost immediately his right eye started acting up again. So in April 2012 they put a radioactive plaque in the right eye. He struggled to bounce back and had more pain and discomfort than usual but our check ups post plaque have been stable. Thats the good news... the bad news is unfortunately his cancer has shown to be aggressive and they told us one more tumor in that area of the right eye we're going to have to have it removed. That's not our plan... :( He hasn't been through all this to just give his eye or eyes up to cancer. So we pray and we march forward... why?..... Because we FIGHT LIKE BRAYDEN!
There are many more stories like this one. But there is hope!!! St. Jude is a such a tremendous asset to our area. However, 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.
Matthew 25:40 says: And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it for one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it for me!’
If you can help me support the children at St. Jude, I will do my best to not let you down on race day when we take our Victory Lap of 26.2 miles!!! Together we will also help St. Jude move many of these kids at St. Jude that much closer to their Victory Lap!!!
My friends have really rallied behind this cause and I have now raised my fundraising goal!!! THANK ALL YOU HAVE ALREADY DONATED TO THIS WONDERFUL CAUSE...I AM TRULY THANKFUL FOR MY FRIENDS SUPPORT!!! I know the Fight Like Brayden Team will be just as excited!!!
Training Log Update
Training continues to go well...the Lord has blessed us with good weather for most runs...we have had some pretty good "rain running" on a few of our long runs...I wanted to update everyone on how many miles I have logged in my 16 week training schedule so far...I have already logged 350 miles and we still have several weeks to go until race day...I was curious so I looked at my training log for the last year and here are a few statistics: In the last year I have ran 1,635 miles...at an average of 7.3 mph...spending over 222 hours on the streets...and burned a whopping 169,362 calories!
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