Thank you so much for visiting my Fundraising Page!! I'm part of this year's relay team for the St. Jude Peoria Run meaning I will be running all the way from Memphis to Mobile to help raise money to benefit St. Jude! Here's why I chose this year to be the year I ran!
We all know St. Jude is an AMAZING PLACE!!!!!! Ever since I was in high school, it was a dream of mine to move to Tennessee and one day work for St. Jude. I knew I always wanted to work with children, and I loved everything about St. Jude's mission. Then I met Park, and well, my plans and dreams changed :) But it wasn't until I had a child of my own, and my sweet Ellie Grace became sick, that I truly gained a new prospective of Children's Hospitals and admiration for Pediatricians, GI Docs, Therapists, RNs, Etc... No, Ellie Grace was never diagnosed with cancer or a terminal Illness, but ever since she was a baby, she has faced many health challenges. Those "challenges" has caused many tears, fears, and pain for our sweet girl and for our family trying to figure out how to help her. After many many tests, hospital nights, doctor visits, therapy visits, formula and medicine trials, Ellie Grace was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (fancy name for lots of reflux/allergy/digestion/tummy issues). Ellie Grace is doing so well now, but she still continues to rely daily on reflux medication, expensive formula for calories and nutrition, and is on a very restrictive diet. We continue to pray daily for complete healing of her tummy (and pain)! I will never say I know what those families are going through, because I don't, but I do know what it feels like to want to do WHATEVER it takes to make your baby healthy and happy again. SHE is the reason I chose to run this year!
Thanks to generous donors:
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, and neither will I. Will you support me by making a donation?