As a child, there were few things I hated as much as running. I dreaded the annual mile run in elementary school gym class, working myself up into a ball of anxiety at the thought of being the slowest kid in class once again. I never could have imagined back then that one day running would be what I would turn to help me cope with that same anxiety.
From the time I began running regularly in college, I dreamed of running a half marathon. I checked off 5Ks and 10Ks, but kept putting off the 13.1 miles, convinced it was just a little too much for me. When I turned 25 in January, I knew it was time to stop stalling. I promised myself I would finally take the plunge and sign up for a half marathon, despite being far from the runner I was in college.
To motivate me, I knew I needed to run for something more than just myself. I wanted my run to make a difference in a life outside of just my own. It's for that reason that I'm choosing to fundraise 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.
I'm running for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital because...
- 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.
With a fundraising goal of $2,500, I'll need all the help I can get. Every donation makes a difference, no matter the size. And if you are unable to make a monetary contribution but would still like to help out, please share this fundraising page with your friends, family, and coworkers. Thank you for your support!