Yeppers- it's that time again-training time- for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon and most importantly raising funds for a charity I respect and bow down to-ST JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL!!
St Jude Children's Research Hospital is an organization that strives to end childhood cancer. Families never receive a bill from St Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, allowing parents to only worry about their child.Treatments invented at St Jude have helped pushed the overall childhood cancer survival rate to more than 80% since it opened 50 years ago. The goal of St Jude's is to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 100%! St. Jude also freely shares the discoveries made through research, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
Please donate to St Jude, MOST importantly for the kids and families this organization helps but also please donate in appreciation for the amazing support we runners receive as St Jude Heroes. St Jude supported me through my first half marathon, the 2017 Brooklyn Rock and Roll Half and my first marathon, the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon. This will be my third year fundraising through running for this incredible organization.
For more information on St Jude please check out their website: https://www.stjude.org.
-On a side note:
2018 was the year I ran my first TCS New York City Marathon and the year I lost my mom to complications from surgery related to pancreatic cancer. My mom, Margarita, encouraged me to run the marathon years ago but I waited until 2018 to seriously train for it not knowing what was to come with her health. Mom pushed me to get in the training mileage runs throughout her stay and painful procedures in the hospital. Upon her return home for hospice care she continued to push and encourage me with training. I crossed that finish line on November 4th, 2018 and although my mom was not there to see it as she had passed the month before, her spirit was with me from the starting line to getting my medal at the finish. Cancer truly sucks!
Love you Butterfly