“Terminal is not a word I ever expected to hear- let alone 3 different times:
In 2000 my dad was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer. He was given a 1% chance of survival. By the grace of God- he was the 1%. He hung on and fought for his wife, 5 children under the age of 15 and the miracle baby that would be born a year after he was in remission.
In 2013 after 13 years of remission and the chance to raise his family the cancer came back. He passed in 2014 after a 9 month fight- just days after his newest granddaughter was born. For his funeral he asked that donations be made out to St.Jude.
Three years later my nephew and dad’s favorite person, Job, was diagnosed with one of the rarest and most deadly childhood cancers- DIPG. He had just turned 5 and was given a 0% chance of survival- a prognosis that has not changed in the 40 years the cancer has been studied. After just 4 months Job went to heaven to be with his Ba-paw (my dad).
This year marks the 5th anniversary of my dads passing and the marathon falls on the weekend of Job’s golden birthday.
Our family runs and fights for my dad and Job.
So that no family has to hear the words “terminal” again.
So that children can love to see their 10th birthday.
So that I won’t have to explain to my daughters again why someone else we love isn’t with us anymore.
We invite you to run and fight with us.”
I am a St. Jude Hero! I have chosen to run for a reason bigger than myself by fundraising for the kids and families at St. Jude. I am training to cross the finish line on race day and with your donation we can cross the fundraising finish line together because 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.