I want to do more than run — I want to show my son the impact that one person can have on others. He is so brave and so tough that I want to help him give back. The hope and belief we have that one day he will be cancer free only comes from our faith and the help of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
On January 30, 2015 Reid became a member of the St. Jude family. Diagnosed with a rhabdomyosarcoma Reid has spent 2015 in the fight of his life. It is true, no family every receives a medical bill. From the 1st day St. Jude heard of Reid we were covered. This has allowed us to fully focus on him and we are so grateful.
That's why I'm committed to raising funds as a St. Jude Hero, a St. Jude mom. I'm ready to go the distance, but I need your support.
It costs $2 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!
Thanks to donors like you, no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
Thank you for helping me run St. Jude! Here is Reid's Story:
Reid’s Journey - On January 29, 2015 Reid Russell, age 7, went for a visit with his pediatrician for an enlarged eye. By the end of the day, with help from scans at LeBonheur’s, our worst fear had been confirmed. Reid had cancer. Reid began his St. Jude journey the very next day.
As parents we went from fear to despair to hope all in about a twenty-four hour period. It still remains an emotional rollercoaster, but one we know our faith will see us through. His tumor turned out to contain two different very rare forms of cancer, Rhabdomyoscarcoma and Ectomesenchymoma. He has endured surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation in his battles with these cancers. He will require more surgeries and scans post therapy but in April 2016, age 9, he was declared to be in remission.
Twenty years ago, Reid’s prognosis would have been very grim. His survival rate would have only been 20% and that was just for one of the types of cancer, and even less with both. With the help of patients before him and donor funding for St. Jude, Reid has reason to be more hopeful that he will remain in remission. However, Reid is just one of many children facing cancer at St. Jude and some still have a prognosis that is very low. They each need our help and thus Reid’s Jedi Council was formed.
We wanted Reid to give back. We wanted him to know that this journey is bigger than just his diagnosis. He has the ability to not only help cure himself but help find cures for others. We want this journey to be part of his lifelong testimony. Reid is an avid Star Wars fan. When selecting his marathon team he instantly came up with the name, “Reid’s Jedi Council.” Through this campaign, heroes.stjude.org/RJC, we want all childhood cancers to one day have a 100% cure rate!!