Matty’s fighting cancer and so can YOU!
On December 1st, Dan and a crew of family and friends will run the St. Jude Memphis Marathon to raise money for pediatric cancer research and patient care. Help us out!
Our baby girl Martha was born this past March in Ireland. Around her 4-month birthday we received the nasty news that she has a rare pediatric cancer called Neuroblastoma. Within weeks she’d undergone surgery and we’d moved our lives to Washington D.C. for treatment. Chemotherapy is tough but she is happy, silly, strong-willed, growing, and teaching everyone around her an epic lesson in resilience.
We can’t know how long her encounter with cancer will last. We’re hopeful that it’ll be as short as a few more months or it could be years. But there’s a good chance that she’ll grow up with no memory of the experience. Because, friends, science. Just over 50 years ago, there was little doctors could do for kids like her. Now, for Martha’s diagnosis, there is a 90-95% 5-year survival rate. On top of the actual treatment, our family, friends, work, and awesome medical team have given our family critical support.
That’s not true for all kids with Neuroblastoma or other pediatric cancers. Because of that, and because we want outcomes to keep getting better, we’re asking for your help. We’re raising money for St. Jude’s Children’s hospital, one of the premier research hospitals in the United States. The money goes towards two main areas:
Research: 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’s continues to push towards achieving 90%.
Patient Care: St. Jude covers treatment, travel, housing, food, etc. for families of patients -- because all a family should worry about is helping their child beat cancer.
We appreciate any support you can provide. If you can donate, great! Thank you! You can do it here. If you can’t, no worries. We’d love your encouragement; come run the marathon, send Martha a note wishing her well, volunteer or donate to your local pediatric oncology ward, read up on Neuroblastoma, whatever!
Thank you for reading this and for your donations. To everyone who has been with us in many different ways us over the last few months - our little family is staying afloat on your love, support and encouragement. Thank you.