I am running again in 2020 as a St.Jude Hero! As most of you know, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in October 2016. It was the St. Jude adolescent protocol that put me in remission. After seven rounds of inpatient chemo at Baptist I went to Vanderbilt for a stem cell transplant in May 2017. I was fortunate and had a donor from the Be the Match Registry that was a perfect match for me! I am so very thankful for St.Jude for sharing their research, for my donor, for all my family and friends who supported me on this journey, for the nurses and doctors at Baptist and the amazing staff at Vanderbilt who knew what my challenging case needed and most of all I'm thankful that God healed me through all of these people! All Glory goes to God for my healing!
I'm raising money again this year and running for St. Jude because:
I remember what it felt like to hear that I had cancer, then to know I had a mutation on that cancer, then to hear that I had to leave my kids and have inpatient chemo in a hospital, I remember all the tests and procedures and the IV poles, the endless stream of transfusions, medicines, chemo, surgeries. I remember the nausea and pain and hard days. I also remember hearing that I was in REMISSION, that there was a young man that was a perfect match for me and was willing to donate his stem cells to me, I remember the meals that were cooked for me, the cards that were sent, the messages, the help, the love! I remember it all and that's why I run! That's why I want to give hope to all those still fighting!
Thank you for supporting me and St.Jude!
Love to all,
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.