March 23, 2017 UPDATE
Hello again everyone! I wanted to update you on my training progress and to THANK YOU again for all your love and support. As you can see, I am more than half way to my goal. It's hard to believe that there are only 44 days until Race Day Training has been going great. I'm looking forward to getting more miles on the road now that the weather is getting warmer and am running my first 10 mile run this weekend. Wish me luck. I'll be updating my page as we get closer to Race Day to let you know how things are going. Love to all and enjoy this beautiful spring weather!
Hello Family and Friends,
I hope you are all doing well and surviving the craziest of winters. I am writing to you because every single one of you is important to me in so many different ways, and right now I need your help.
I am currently training for not 1, but possibly 2 HALF marathons. The first being on May 7, 2017 at the Frederick Running Festival and the second (that is if I survive the 1st) will the St. Jude Memphis HALF marathon on December 2, 2017 in Memphis, TN. In doing so, I will be raising money for the children of St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis as a St. Jude Hero.
I have a personal fundraising goal of $1,500! That amount scares me, but with your help I know that I can reach that. More importantly, I know that that money is going directly to a hospital and organization that I fully support.
Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort 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.
• Wagon: $70
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.
The possibilities are endless, but hopefully that will give you a little insight into where your donation will be used.
So now I’m asking you to please take a moment and pray over what you might be able to do to help support this great hospital and help me reach my goal. When others ask what is an appropriate amount to donate, my first response is always, “whatever you feel that you can give – no amount is too small.” If you are looking for a starting point, I would suggest an amount of $13, a dollar for each mile I will run (or $26 if you would like to give in support of both marathons!). This is an awesome way to show your support to the cause, and a great tie in to both the hospital and the race that supports the hospital!
I realize that everyone is at different places financially and not everyone is ready to give, and that is completely ok. I would still like to ask that you help support me in prayer and encouragement. I have never taken on a half marathon, let alone 2 so that is quite overwhelming. I know with proper training and support I can make it happen.!
Please keep in mind that your donation is tax deductible, and your generosity will play a role in the efforts to find a cure and hopefully end childhood cancer. I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support.