When I started running back in 2001, I didn't know it would become my "thing" but it did. Beside the obvious health benefits, it helped me clear my head and keep me balanced (literally and figuratively). It was my answer when I was sad or happy or anxious or bored. When in doubt, go for a run. Late last year, I was sidelined with an injury and couldn't run for over 8 weeks. The break taught me to never take my health for granted and to appreciate each moment. Funny how these lessons resonate that much more now that we are all coping with a pandemic. In a time in history when we don't know what to expect, I have to keep looking forward. For that reason, I have decided to once again run a St. Jude Hero at the New York City Marathon on November 1, 2020. This race will mark my 20th marathon but I have chosen to run for a reason bigger than myself by fundraising for the kids and families at St. Jude. I am training to cross the finish line on race day and with your donation we can cross the fundraising finish line together because the money you donate helps find a cure for childhood cancer.
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.
I would love your support in helping me reach my fundraising goal so I am asking you to donate today. Your support of the lifesaving mission of St. Jude is important now, more than ever. St. Jude must continue to invest in research of life threatening illnesses like childhood cancer and infectious diseases. Your investment in St. Jude is an investment in clinical discoveries that save lives everyday not only here in the US, but all across the globe. Even when the race is over, the fight to end childhood cancer continues.