Hi friends and family and maybe even strangers!
Nearly 4 years ago, I ran my 3rd half-marathon distance race dressed as Minnie Mouse. Why? For Lisa Marie. For those who do not know, Lisa Marie was a childhood cancer fighter, who lost her battle in November 2015. I met Lisa Marie through the B+ Foundation, an organization devoted to financially assisting families with children battling cancer. While Lisa Marie may have lost her battle, we still must carry on her fight to end Childhood Cancer. Below is the note I wrote to Lisa Marie after running that half marathon (which I am sure she read with sticky Skittles hands in heaven):
Dear Lisa Marie, I want you to know that I miss you more than anything. I want you to know that life is not the same without your bright smile, your never-ending sass, your love for Doritos&Skittles, and your strength. I want you to know that I couldn't have done today without you. Thank you for carrying me through every single mile. Today was for you. I love you and miss you so much. I wouldn't dress up like Minnie Mouse for anyone else.
With that being said, I am excited to run my TENTH half marathon as a St. Jude Hero. The Rock 'N' Roll DC Half Marathon provides the opportunity for me to raise funds as a St. Jude Hero and run the race on behalf of the kids and families at St. Jude. With your support, I am hoping to raise at least $500. Whether you give $1, $5, or $20, every dollar helps find a cure for childhood cancer. Please consider donating to this incredible cause - we take for granted all of the miles that we are able to run without even thinking twice about our health. I wanted to run this race in honor of those fighting every day. These miles are for you, Lisa Marie.
Some fun facts about St. Jude:
- 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.