Ten years ago, I signed up for my first St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend Race. When I decided to sign up for my first half marathon, I never even hesitated to choose to run as a "Hero" and fundraise for St. Jude as I trained for my race. Since then, I've run over 20 half marathons, 2 marathons, and 2 50K races. But all of the running and training I've done in the last 10 years is nothing compared to the struggles the families of St. Jude face when they hear the news their child has cancer.
It is so awesome to run through the St Jude Campus on race day and be cheered along by the families that are so grateful for us. 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.
I've been honored to run for several really cool St. Jude kids and meet some amazingly brave families during my running career. I'll be running for Ethan Winkler again this year, as well as a little fellow named Brantley who is the grandson of a Waste Connections coworker.
I hope you can help me reach my goal! Thanks for anything at all you can do for the kids!