*UPDATE: When I started this fundraising challenge two weeks ago, I set a goal to raise $3,000. With incredible grace and kindness from so many people, we reached that goal together in just over 1 week and have since surpassed it! For that reason, I have updated my goal to $5,000 because every penny goes toward eliminating deaths from childhood cancer.
Six months ago my boyfriend, Jake, and I were in a severe car accident that left us living out of hospital rooms for the next month. I sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury, along with 2 tibial fractures, a complete tear of my MCL, and partial tears of my ACL, PCL, and meniscus. It has been a long road to recovery, but I have been blessed with angels and rocks to lean on the entire way. Jake was with me when I took my first steps in the hospital on crutches, and he will be with me as I take my final steps of this half marathon, crossing the finish line. Six months from now, exactly one year from the accident that rocked our world, we will have overcome this incredible obstacle together.
I'm not quite running yet, but I continue to train and get stronger by walking, biking, swimming, stretching, and doing yoga. This goal may seem impossible to some, but I have been blessed with a support system that has believed in me from the start and has never once doubted my ability to make it across that finish line. Everyone deserves that kind of faith in their ability to recover.
For that reason, I'm choosing to run for more than myself. I'm using my running to support children effected by cancer by fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 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 we raise now will help 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.
These kids deserve to be kids! They need the opportunity to get outside, play, and RUN. For some of them it may seem impossible right now, but with your help, they can get there. Please consider donating to help me reach my NEW goal!