Friends, family, colleagues,
Despite our teenagers input that I am way too old to run 26.6 miles, I will be running the St Jude full marathon again this year in memory of our son Sean, a St Jude patient. Katie and Ian will run the first half marathon with me, and the other kids will do 5 or 10k.
Sean died from a brain tumor in 2010 just 2 days after his and his twin brother Matthew's 5th birthday. It is really hard to believe that this April 3 will be 10 years since we saw his smile, watched Cars movies together, played 'attack Daddy' with all the kids, or got one of his great hugs. The best thing we can do when we miss him is to try to help other kids like him, and families like us so that their children can grow up.
Many of you have been incredible St Jude supporters, year after year. For this we can't thank you enough. Remember, beyond the great feeling of helping these kids and a tax deduction, we do know someone in heaven who might be able to help you get in some day!
Its been a crazy travel year so I'm a bit late getting this note out. That also means weekend-only training so I won't be winning any prizes other than finishing without walking! Log in and donate whatever feels right to you. Round about mile 22, your generosity, Sean, and the many St Jude families we know fighting cancer right now will be a great inspiration.
For those new to St Jude, there are some facts worth knowing that make St Jude an American institution unlike any other.
- 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 5 year childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened...it's great progress but also means that at least one out of five children still die.
- 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. Every hospital in America and around the world benefits from St Jude research.
Thank you and blessing to your families for the holidays.
Craig, Katie, Connor, Anna, Ian, Matthew, and always, Sean.