Why I run
I am not a runner. It doesn't come easy to me. I never did it as a kid. I don't even like it very much. So why do I run during the St. Jude Memphis Marathon weekend? That's easy! I run for my son, Sam! We lost our sweet little boy at the tender age of 5 1/2 to DIPG, an aggressive, incurable form of brain cancer. St. Jude was there for us every step of the way. Sam was the bravest person I've ever known and fought hard during his battle. Sadly, a cure for his type of cancer doesn't exist at this time. St. Jude helped us treat Sam, and gave us the gift of more time with him. Not time in a hospital, or hooked up to machines constantly, but time to "live" with him. He traveled with us, played sports, started kindergarten, enjoyed his superheroes, loved his siblings! All the things a 5 year old little boy should be doing. I run so that other parents don't have to lose a child. I run so that more, otherwise healthy children, don't have to go through what Sam went through. I run so that someday when a parent hears the diagnosis DIPG, it's not a death sentence but a battle that can be won! I run to honor my son, and the brave little superhero he was. I'm not a runner, but every time it gets difficult or I think I can't take another step, I think about Sam and everything he went through, and all the other children who are going through the same thing, and suddenly, I am a runner!
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.