Dear Friends, thank you for visiting my fundraising page. Please consider donating what you can, anonymous or named. Again, every bit helps. Ultimately, I'd love to reach and even surpass the fundraising goal on the left. So, please, also pass this link along to your family and friends so that they, too, can help by donating and passing it along to their friends and family and further on down the line.
I will frequently update this section below to keep you informed of my milage total for each week and how far I've gone on my Sunday long runs. So check back often. This Sunday, Oct 1, I will attempt 15 miles, longer than I've ever run before. I'll upload photos of the runs as well.
My Story and Goal:
Six months after undergoing cancer surgery last year I registered to run the Philadelphia Marathon this coming November as a challenge to myself. This will be my first marathon (something I always said I could never do), and, initially, running the 26.2 miles of the race was the only goal. But, stepping back from that notion, I realized that the only one directly impacted by that goal would be me.
Instead, I’m dedicating the next 2 months of training for and the 5 hours or so that it will actually take to me to complete the race to running and raising money for St. Jude's lifesaving mission of finding cures for children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. And I need your help to reach my fundraising goal and help the children and their families affected by cancer. Last October, I began this journey. It began as one that, despite being up against a less threatening form of cancer than others, was quite traumatic and taxing on myself and family. Needless to say, it is an experience that I would not wish on anyone, let alone innocent children. Since that time I know seven people who have died from cancer. Five of those seven died in the span of two months over this past summer. I will be running for them in Philadelphia as well.
Regardless if you can give $1 or $100, named or anonymous, every dollar makes a difference for the children affected by cancer and their families. Thanks to your donations, no family ever receives 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. I hope that you will consider supporting me and, as a result, directly benefitting others, mostly children, that have not been as fortunate as me in this way. Together we can help St. Jude make an impact for some children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thank you for your support! Will