I am excited to run the Rock N Roll Savannah Marathon as a St. Jude Hero.
Running as a St. Jude Hero is special, because 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.
See this article: https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a23760374/teen-running-marathon-for-st-judes/
- 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.
- 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.
I have had the honor of running multiple marathons as a St. Jude Hero. Marathon training is challenging and time consuming, but knowing that my efforts are helping to support the life-saving work performed at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is motivating. And it is encouraging to have your support. Around Mile 10 of the Rock N Roll Nashville Marathon in 2018, there was a St. Jude display featuring banners with photos of some of the patients. Each patient would have two banners, basically a "before" and an "after" photo. For most of the patients, the spread between photos was 4 or 5 years. One girl began treatment at age 2. One boy began treatment at age 14. Seeing the photos certainly brought meaning to the experience. (FYI: It is challenging to run when you want to cry but you also need to breathe...) In December 2019, I ran the St. Jude Memphis Marathon and the race course goes through the hospital campus. That was a similar emotional rollercoaster.
Please join me in making my miles matter. Please consider a donation of $26 (one dollar for every mile of the marathon) or greater. But any contribution, of whatever amount, will have a positive impact. Even when the race is over, the fight to end childhood cancer continues.