Running in memory of Aaron!
Aaron Austin Booher 3/8/94 - 7/10/97
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital gave Aaron the best care, both medically and emotionally, after his neuroblastoma diagnosis. They also gave my family and I hope during our darkest hours. The never billed us for anything so that all our attention could be focused on helping Aaron live.
Hearing the words "Aaron has cancer" changed my life forever. Spending the better part of 2 years at St. Jude changed my life forever. I am paying it forward and paying it back to help other kids and families that hear the word cancer and their child's name together.
I am grateful that a place like St. Jude exist.
On December 7th, I am running the Memphis Marathon with my amazing running family and friends who have joined Angel Aaron's Team to support SJCRH.
THANK YOU FOR DONATING AND SUPPORTING ST. JUDE.
My son, Aaron, was born at the Bitburg Krankenhaus in Germany. He was a healthy and mischievous boy who loved playing ball, Pooh, Barney, cars and being outside. When he was 15 months, we noticed some bruising and Aaron was diagnosed with a hernia. During surgery for the "hernia", a tumor was discovered and confirmed to be neuroblastoma. Immediate surgery was needed. Aaron spent the next 52 days in PICU in a military hospital until he was stable enough to be transferred to St. Jude to begin his cancer treatment.
At St. Jude, he started chemo, met his doctors, made friends, played in the gift shop, rode his firetruck, bonded with some fantastic nurses, and was given HOPE. He went on to have surgeries, a bone marrow transplant and radiation. He finished his treatment protocol 17 months later and graduated to monthly visits to St. Jude. He went home to celebrate his 3rd birthday with family, spent time riding in his Jeep, swinging on swings and doing normal kid stuff. However, 2 months later the cancer came back & Aaron returned to St. Jude. He got his angel wings in July 1997.
His story doesn't end there. It begins a new chapter where friends and family started pulling together to help other kids at St. Jude survive childhood cancer. The year after Aaron lost his battle, Julie B. (along with 2 friends) ran the MCM in Aaron's memory. In the years following, Aaron's aunts went to marches & started letter writing campaigns, Hama and Hampa manned radiothons, Dad worked golf tournaments, Godparents worked Wine Tastings and other friends and family members helped me with the inaugural International Gourmet Gala. We held preschool Trike-a-thons, lead Walks & sponsored and supported countless other events. I started running as a hero in 2007 and have done 3 full marathons and one half marathon for St. Jude. All these events were in support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where kids are treated and loved and miracles happen. The hospital continues with it's mission everyday. It is my hope that Aaron's story will continue to help eradicate childhood cancer.