Team Carson Elizabeth is doing more than just running! For the fifth year, we are helping children in the fight for their lives win their own battle at St Jude Children's Research Hospital. Life can change in a blink of an eye, but no one ever thinks it will happen to them. Every single day a family's life is changed forever by the news that their child has cancer. The day my family's life changed was March 7, 2014. The day before our youngest daughter Carson's 8th birthday. The day we should have been getting ready for the birthday celebrations to come and the spring break trip to the grandparents. But the party never started and we never left on our trip.
Carson had been having trouble with knee pain; which the doctor had explained as either a basketball or hip-hop injury; all just a normal part of being an active, growing, 7 year old girl. After a X-ray and a MRI we heard the word osteosarcoma for the first time. In a fog of disbelief, we learned that osteosarcoma was a very rare bone cancer and that St. Jude was already expecting us on Monday morning.
What?! They must be wrong, they had to be wrong...our daughter was fine, our beautiful little girl could not possibly have cancer. But she did. And all of a sudden our whole world stopped in an instance; and to be honest, it has never started turning quite the same again.
Carson battled for 16 months at St. Jude with more strength, determination and spunk than any other person I know or will ever know. On June 26, 2016 Carson Elizabeth flew to heaven to forever have tea parties with Jesus.
Carson left behind a mother and father that cannot let a day go by without missing her and wishing we could hold her in our arms again or touch her beautiful curly blonde hair. A sister and a brother that miss her teasing and constant giggles. Or the forever memory etched in all our minds of "I love you, I love you more, I love you the mostest!"
Carson is the reason we will forever support St. Jude and the wonderful people that work there. No child or family should ever have to endure what Carson did or what we still endure every single day for the rest of our lives. With your support we believe that childhood cancer can end and we believe St. Jude is the place to make that happen. Carson taught us so many things before she left this earthly world. One of the greatest of these was that she knew that every single penny counted when it came to giving to St. Jude. She made sure that her piggy bank money would go to St. Jude after she died, because that small change would make a difference in some child's life battling cancer.
So please join our fight in honor of Carson's memory. Whether it's $10 or $10,000 we promise you that some child and family will be blessed by it. May Carson's legacy forever live on. Our team wants to do more than run. We want to help run St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Run with the faith of a child so that one day ALL children may cross the finish line!
Michael, Paula, Chandler and Cameron Head