One afternoon in February of 2004, I came home from school to find out that my older sister, Molly, had been diagnosed with Leukemia. I was in second grade at the time and had no clue that 3 weeks from that afternoon Molly would end up passing away— just a few weeks before her 12th birthday. I’m extremely grateful my family had the resources to keep my life as “normal” as possible during and after Molly’s sickness but not every sibling or family is as lucky. In the 16 years since she’s been gone my family and I have found ways to keep her memory alive and our most recent endeavor has been raising money for St. Jude. St. Jude provides patients and families tools to not only fight diseases they may be faced with but also deal with the emotional and physical tolls that come along with having a sick child. While Molly is no longer with us physically I feel her presence every day and as her sister it is my honor to share her strength and kindness with those around me. This year my mom and I will be running the New York City Marathon in honor of Molly on behalf of St. Jude. I would be so grateful for any donation you, your friends or families could give to help me reach my $6,000 fundraising goal. Any amount can make a tremendous impact on a child receiving treatment and will aid in putting an end to childhood cancer. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity!
Fun Facts about St. Jude:
- 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 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.