My longtime childhood friend has a young son who over the past few years went through life threatening pediatric brain cancer (Ethan McGettigan) aka Super Hero Ethan (the above picture is of Ethan and I). He was diagnosed at the age of two with anaplastic ependymoma brain cancer (grade 3). His treatment started with an 18-hour brain surgery resection, 36 rounds of radiation, numerous surgeries, anesthesia 77 times, 5 months of chemo and endless prayers. Reliving all that his family has endured...my vision to run for St Jude and all the children and their parents going through life in a challenging endeavor --led me to this incredible opportunity. His cancer never goes into remission unfortunately, but with quarterly scans and monitoring the incredible Doctors and family keep ahead of any dangers. He is now eight years old and is enjoying second grade at the same school as his older brother.
Can you imagine being told your child has cancer? At this moment, someone is leaving a Doctor's office shocked, confused and in disbelief- how did this happen and why us? What are we going to do?
- Families never receive a bill from St Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food- because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
- Because the majority of St Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most - saving kids regardless of their financial situation.
As promised, if I was to exceed my fundraising goal earlier this year for the St Jude Heroes Team in the Boston marathon, I would come back THIS YEAR and run a second marathon. I am once again pounding the pavement in honor of Super Hero Ethan at the NYC Marathon on Sunday, November 3rd and will continue to support the fight against life threatening diseases and cancer. Cancer claims the lives of more children than all other childhood diseases combined. As his wonderful mom explained to me "Ethan knows you are raising money to save his friends lives and do research on his cancer." This kids heart and soul is like no other. So if you think during your training that a blister the size of Rhode Island on the bottom of your foot is painful? Think again... life is short, and tomorrow is never promised to anyone. Together, let's leave small footprints of faith, hope and love as the children are our future!
Thank-you for all your love, generosity and continued support!