To my amazing friends, family and supporters,
10 years! Wow, this year will be my 10th year participating in the St Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, all in honor and memory of my niece, Sophie, who was a patient at St Jude in 2007. Although St Jude has made some significant strides in drastically improving cancer survival rates, sadly, for Sophie's cancer, DIPG, there have been no changes.
Parents today hear, just like my sister, Emily, and her husband, Marc, heard on Feb 21, 2007, "your child has cancer and there are no treatments that will save her life. The prognosis is 9-12 months." Sophie died 7.5 months later on Oct 6, 2007. Devastating words for Emily and Marc to hear and a heart-wrenching 7.5 months as Sophie battled her cancer valiantly, yet for a parent of a child diagnosed with DIPG today, those words and that battle has not changed.
Which is why I fundraise for Smiles For Sophie Forever, the foundation Emily and Marc created in Sophie's memory to help do anything and everything they could to help change the statistics and to help families fight their battles. And why I also fundraise as part of Team SFSF each year for St Jude.
One day there will be a cure for DIPG and ALL cancers, but until that day, there are children diagnosed every day that need the care that St Jude provides and there are researchers that need the funds to keep working on finding that cure.
Please help me be a part of saving these kids' lives and the lives of all future kids who will one day hear, "you have cancer."
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
P.S. As a reminder, it takes $2.4 million EVERY DAY to run St Jude! And 75% of the funds come from private donors like you and me. Plus...
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.