Last summer, I made the decision to attempt my first 1/2 marathon. I’m not a runner. I hate to run, but I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile. So when a friend asked, I impulsively signed up... I could still be pondering it if I hadn’t. Fast forward several months to this week. I had a bit of a scare; I thought I wouldn’t be able to do this- I just discovered I have a partial tear of my achilles. However, my doc cleared me to go to Nashville next month if I promised to take my time and walk... so go I will, and I WILL finish! Why? Read on...
Those who know me, know that St. Jude is a charity near and dear to my heart. My daughter spent her high school years fundraising for St. Jude, and we were both lucky enough to visit and volunteer there. It was life changing. Then my cousin’s son, Alex, nine years old at the time, was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiform, brain cancer. I was devastated. My heart was breaking for them. No child, no family should ever have to experience what they are going through. And yet, as I type this, I know that what I imagine it to be probably doesn’t even touch the tip of the iceberg.
What I do know is Alex inspires me everyday. In fact, his entire family inspires me every day. Their strength, resilience, determination, faith and hope are what drive me to complete this course. I chose this marathon because despite all the progress St. Jude’s has made in finding cures and increasing survival rates, there’s still much more work to be done. I'm participating for kids like Alex who continue to shine bright in the face of adversity, kids that inspire me to be better... to do more. So for all those kids like Alex who are fighting for their childhood when they deserve to be living it, riding bikes, playing sports, or hanging with friends and for their families who are trying to find their new normal, I walk for you. I walk for a cure. I walk for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
- 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.
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