Dear Family and Friends,
Last Spring I decided that I would run the St. Jude full Marathon this year. I haven't run a marathon in almost 5 years, and it will be 6 years since I ran St. Jude which was my first in 2012. As a novice marathoner, I knew a little bit about the course, and that we ran through the campus of St. Jude. What I didn't know, was that every child patient and staff member that was available would be down on the street cheering us on. They were enthusiastically jumping up and down with outstretched hands to high-five a runner, which I gladly returned. The squeals of delight from the children when they had their high-five returned was overwhelming, and I found myself trying to run with tears streaming down my face. Much later in the race, when the pain set in, I would draw on their incredible strength to see this through. It was a privilege and an honor to support them with this small token of my participation and fundraising.
I'm choosing to run for more than myself. I'm using my running to help save kids' lives by fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as I train. I'm running for kids who might be too sick to run today, but who could one day be running alongside me because the money I raised helped find a cure for childhood cancer.
- 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.
Please donate and help me reach my goal! Many thanks.
Peace, Love and Joy,