If you made it to this page, then you probably know someone fighting cancer. My cancer story is not really mine – but my cousin Riley’s.
Riley was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 4 months old. Even at such a young age, she was a fighter – so brave and full of sass. Most of my memories of her involve her dancing to Tim McGraw, Bon Jovi or any song with a good beat. She had rhythm and loved life despite being so sick. Riley (and my aunt and uncle!) was a true inspiration to all who knew her. She endured 3+ years of chemotherapy, brain surgery and radiation. It is hard to believe she left this world for her home in heaven on September 5, 2007.
Ten years later, I am doing something I never thought I could – running a half marathon. And I can think of no better way to remember Riley than to dedicate this run for her and raise funds for all the kids fighting cancer at St. Jude.
As many of you know, St. Jude is leading the way the world treats and defeats childhood cancer. Thanks to donors like you:
So in April, I will “Run4Riley” and all kids and families facing this horrible disease. I know this race will test me, but Riley’s example of determination and strength will carry me through.
Thank you for donating and helping me reach my goal to fight childhood cancer!
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. -Jeremiah 40:31
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