Not many people know that I am a St. Jude patient. At the age of 16 months, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor called a craniopharyngioma. This type of tumor is usually found in children 10 years or older. The doctors were surprised to find this type of tumor in a child under 10 years old. The doctors developed a plan that was very risky and highly experimental in order to try to save my life. My parents took that risk, and the Lord was definitely watching over me even as a young child. He knew that my time on Earth had not come to an end, and I was made for much more. I am running the St. Jude 10K in order to give back to the place that gave me a life. I will be running as a hero in memory of Dr. Sanford, and in honor of Dr. Einhouse, and Dr. Kun as well as all of the nurses and medical staff that have helped me over the years. I want to give back to the hospital that not only gave me a life, but one that is striving to cure all forms of cancer. On October 30, 1997, I was tumor free, and I have been ever since. I am also excited to announce that on October 30, 2017 I will be celebrating my 20th year as a cancer survivor. As a St. Jude life patient, I get to help with research that will help save the lives of other children who have the same tumor I once had. Please donate to this incredible hospital. Every donation helps develop new research and ultimately save the lives of patients just like me. My doctors are my heroes because without them and the research that St. Jude provides, I would not be here today.
- 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!