With Memphis being the home of St. Jude, I could not be more excited to raise money and awareness as I train for the New York Marathon this fall. I have chosen to run for a reason bigger than myself by fundraising for the kids and families at St. Jude.
Many of you who know me most likely also know my love for running. I grew up very active, always playing sports. It never crossed my mind that being able to walk for 2 minutes on a treadmill would be a celebratory moment... until my senior year of high school. Within days I went from a healthy 18 year old finishing up soccer practice to physically being unable to put my own socks on or walk down a hallway without assistance. My parents felt helpless, doctors could not give us answers, and I was scared. We finally found that my central nervous system was attacked by mononucleosis. With time the virus ran its course and not a day passes that I am not grateful for a healthy body, allowing me the freedom to live and run as I do.
I am training to cross the finish line on race day and with your donation we can cross the fundraising finish line together. 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 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.