This beautiful soul is my Aunt Tracy. Born in 1962 to my grandparents Eunice and Harvey. She was the second born of four girls.
Tracy wanted to be a teacher or a writer or theatrical producer. She loved writing plays and writing parts for my mom and her two younger sisters, which they didn’t also like. My mom said she often took charge of situations—>my mom remembers Tracy “cleaning” their room...which meant she cleaned HER half of the room and dumped all my mom’s stuff in a pile on the OTHER side of the room .
And when I asked my grandma what the first thing that comes to her mind when she thinks of Tracy, she said “Her ever present giggle and her bravery.”
My aunt received her care at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. My Aunt Tracy passed away at the age of 8 after battling through leukemia.
She and her life and my family are my why... “The money that St. Jude Heroes raise helps ensure 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.”
My best friend Claire and I created a life list eight years ago, compiling things we wanted to do and places we wanted to go while we were living. Going to volunteer at St Jude is on that list and this December was going to be the year; but due to current COVID restrictions, we were unable to fulfill this trip. As a way to still support St Jude this year, we decided to become St. Jude Hero's!
I have chosen to run for a reason bigger than myself by fundraising for the kids and families at St. Jude. I am training to cross the finish line on race day and with your donation we can cross the fundraising finish line together because the money you donate helps find a cure for childhood cancer.
Did you know:
- 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.
- St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
Donate today to help me reach my goal. Even when the race is over, the fight to end childhood cancer continues.