I know it seems like just yesterday that I was asking for your support for St. Jude and I'm so grateful to everyone that donated. This year I wanted to start the process a little earlier to allow everyone to look ahead, plan their contributions for 2020 and ask that you make St. Jude a regular part of it. I just turned 65 and in the last 18 months was blessed with a beautiful granddaughter - our very first - and she is so precious! Let me ask you - what would you do if your kids received news that your grandchild was diagnosed with cancer? Could they hold together, as a family, through the hard months to come...without hope?
Hope is what St. Jude provides - not just the prospects of a cure, but eliminating the worry about the cost of food, lodging, transportation and treatment - hope that a family can cling to while their child undergoes treatment. I recently toured the St. Jude campus and had the privilege to meet a young father who shared with us that his seven year-old son was now five years cancer free. Their medical costs were over $2.2 million - and they didn't receive a bill. Instead they were able to focus on getting their child well again, which is what counts. To see this child running and alive knowing the first two years of his life were spent undergoing treatment at St. Jude was so heartwarming.
Survival rates for these cancers have gone from 20% to over 80% thanks to the research undertaken by St. Jude - and donations from people like you. Every day families face this same situation, and no child should die in the dawn of life. Please mark your calendar to stop by and make a small donation now and then through the year for this worthy cause.
I am a St. Jude Hero and have chosen to run for a reason bigger than myself by fundraising for the kids and families at St. Jude. Run for a Reason is a common thread in this group - for many that reason is now in heaven and they're still running to help finish the fight. Please donate today to help me reach my goal. Even when the race is over, the fight to end childhood cancer continues.
Thanks so very much - and if you want to get a smile...come watch this fat boy run!