In August 2016, my daughter, Piper, was diagnosed with metastatic Ewing's Sarcoma - a rare bone cancer that affects less than 200 children every year in the U.S. She endured more than 16 rounds of in-patient chemotherapy and 36 rounds of radiation. In November 2016, she received a below the knee amputation on her right leg. Piper's battle ended August 13, 2017. She was only 6 years old.
A definitive cure for Ewing's Sarcoma is desperately needed. What works for one case, often does not work for another. Research for pediatric cancers in general, including Ewing's Sarcoma, is vastly and consistently underfunded. Most of the drugs in Piper's chemotherapy protocol were developed in the 1960s and are unsuccessful and have extremely bad side effects.
No parent or family should have to go through what myself and my family have endured. These kids deserve so much more and these families deserve so much more.
I'm choosing to run for more than myself. I'm using my running to help save kids' lives by fundraising 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.
- 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!