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St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend

Fearless Freedom

Hello Friends!  

  I am a St. Jude Hero and so is my 11 year old son, Collins!  We are St. Jude Heroes Team Fearless Freedom and we are honored to fundraise for the children of St Jude!  Many of you know that I have chosen to run for a reason by fundraising for the kids and families at St. Jude.  I feel very strongly that God was purposeful when He CASUALLY introduced me to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (SJCRH) through a dear, sweet girlfriend of mine over 10 years ago.    Recently Collins decided to officially join the fight as a member of Heroes Team Fearless Freedom.   Having found his own love for SJ my young son has blown me away with his growing passion and commitment to St. Jude.  Collins has found his inner hero and he enthusiastically chooses to fight along side the brave children of SJ.   I am proud to have shared SJCRH with him.

  Most recently Collins and I traveled to nearby Tallahassee  (our 2nd year there) for a SJ event.   This past April we joined our fellow SJ Heroes In Nashville for the SJ Rock-N-Roll Marathon Series,   Coming up in December are so excited to (once again) be heading back up to Memphis for The Annual St Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend!  

 Collins and I are training NOT ONLY to cross the finish line on the December 7 race day but I intend to beat my best 1/2 Marathon time of 1:22  that has been haunting me for 17 years.  (I actually began regretting my bold acceptance of that challenge the day after I agreed to it.  OUCH!) 

  Team Fearless Freedom is planning a local November fundraiser and we ask for your prayers and well wishes.  This will be our 1st major fundraising attempt and we pray we can help make a difference.  More info to come on that very soon.  

  We are also asking that you consider donating to SJCRH.  No amount is too small to help make a difference.  St Jude freely shares all research with the world to help one day rid humanity of Childhood Cancers.  Impossible you say?  NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO GOD!

   With  your donations we can cross the Fundraising Finish Line together because the money you donate helps find cures and helps give children a fighting chance!  Your donations help families stay together while they battle rather than separate due to lack of housing, income,  or “adequate” insurance.  Your donations help supply children with blood transfusions, chemo, physical therapy, breathing equipment, wheelchairs, and medications.  Your donations help fund the research teams, nurses, and doctors who work tirelessly to find cures and give hope.  All of our children deserve at least THAT....hope and a fighting chance.  Where would you be today if you hadn’t been given a chance at some point in your life?  

 If it is in your heart to donate to St. Jude you can simply follow my link.   If a monetary donation isn’t possible (we’ve all been there) please don’t think that you aren’t needed!   Your support of SJCRH and the families of St. Jude can introduce others.   SO PLEASE, PLEASE forward, post, tweet, IM, “like”, send via carrier pigeon, text, paper airplane, Morris Code, sand-script, Wingdings, crop duster air message, jumbotron or even Pig Latin!  If you’ve never visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN I urge you to make the very humbling trip.  You will undoubtedly witness something so magical that it will forever change you.  


Thank you!  


Susan Rutkowski

St Jude Heroes Team Fearless Freedom


“No child should die in the dawn of life.”

- Founder Danny Thomas


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.

One last thing......TODAY is a day you can make a difference!  Even when the race is over, the fight to end childhood cancer continues.   Every penny goes to the brave children fighting and families of SJCRH!

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