I'm choosing to run for more than myself.....I'm choosing to run for my daughter Harper. Harper was born on July 22nd 2013 with a large mass in her abdomen. At 36 hours old Harper was rushed to the NICU for emergency surgery to remove the large mass. It was determined that this mass was a form of pediatric cancer called Nueroblastoma. Harper was immediately transferred to St. Jude Children's research hospital where she was tested for further metastasize. After a week of many tests, Harper was diagnosed with Stage 1 Nueroblastoma (a cancer of your nuero cells). This was the best news it could have been, and Harper was sent home with regular follow up's scheduled.
Two weeks later, Harper had a check up and after an abdominal ultra sound it was determined Harper had relapsed and more tumors than they could find were found in her liver. We were told that Harper would need to get back to St. Jude immediately to begin chemotherapy. This was my worst nightmare.....how can a five week old baby get chemotherapy? i didn't know any of this was even possible, but now it was.
When we returned to St. Jude, Harper started chemotherapy right away. After 4 rounds of chemo, multiple blood transfusions, platelet transfusions, and tests to see if the chemo was working, the tumors in Harper's liver started to shrink!! At that point the doctors decided to stop chemo and over the course of the next year Harper was monitored as the tumor's continued to shrink! In December of 2014 Harper was declared in remission!
Because of people who continue to donate, Harper was given life saving treatment and is a beautiful, strong, HEALTHY, 5 year old! It is my passion and my duty to continue to give back to St. Jude and other families the same way they have given to mine.
I'm using my running to help save kids' lives by fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as I train. I'm running for kids who might be too sick to run today, but who could one day be running alongside me because the money I raised helped find a cure for childhood cancer.
- Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food -- because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
- 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. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer.
Please donate and help me reach my goal!