"Why do you care so much about St. Jude, Sue?" people often ask. "What's that all about?"
When I became a St. Jude Hero in 2016, I could never have known what supporting the life-saving mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital would mean to me. It's intensely personal, yet way bigger than myself.
It's about kids like CJ from Indiana, who I met in Chicago, and who I convened with for the marathon in Memphis last December. CJ just turned five, and he's been in remission for three years. This amazing boy has had the reality of cancer in his life for almost his entire life. And because of St. Jude, alongside his incredible Mom, Dad, and almost-born baby sister or brother, CJ keeps on living and growing every day.
It's about the life and legacy of Danny Thomas, who founded the hospital over fifty years ago, honoring the promise he made to give something back. Danny Thomas believed that "no child should die in the dawn of life," and because of the ongoing work of St. Jude, we get closer to that reality one breakthrough at a time.
It's about kids and families everywhere who feel the ripple effect of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where new discoveries, treatments and therapies are shared freely and openly around the globe minute to minute.
The work of St. Jude strengthens us all. We are better because of it. Thank you for being a part of it by being here, and by giving what you can.
For the kids.