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Dauntless Diya

October 13, 2009.

A day that will FOREVER be etched in my mind. The day our beautiful and lively 3 year old was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Diya is a vibrant 13 year old who is in the 8th grade. She enjoys soccer, playing the guitar and Tae Kwon Do. She has followed in her brother's foot steps in achieving a black belt in TKD. She also loves playing classic rock songs on her guitar!

Diya was diagnosed in October 2009 at age 3 wtih AML, and endured 3 rounds of chemotherapy. Her older brother, Jai, 5 at the time, was a 100% match to be her bone marrow donor. She had a bone marrow transplant on February 4, 2010 and is considered CURED. Her strong will, determination, strength and courage gave us, her parents, the courage to fight this with her every day. We felt that if she could do this, so could we. She sailed through the treatments with a smile. She was NOT going to let this thing beat her, she was going to beat it! Without Jai donating his marrow to his sister we would not have been able to see her grow into the beautiful, caring, independent young woman that she has become. It's because of him, her great team of doctors & the incredible research done by St. Jude Children's Hospital that she is happy and healthy today!

We are nearing the 10 year anniversary of her bone marrow transplant, and in honor of this HUGE milestone, I am participating in the St. Jude Half Marathon in December 2019. 

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 is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90%, and they 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. 

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