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 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.
I hope this finds you and your family well and blessed. It’s really crazy how things can change so fast. About 3 months ago, I sent out updates on St. Jude and running the New York marathon in November, and then up until today, I have wondered what is going to happen with this global pandemic and what road running races are going to look like in the future.
Every day, we give thanks for the gift of time and the gift of life. This pandemic has highlighted that. Much grief to families, friends and loved ones who have been so impacted by this pandemic. I have realized that the mission of St. Jude’s is the same and always will be the same -- to help children (and their families) who have been stricken with cancer to overcome that and to live their lives to their given potentials.
I have realized two analogies describing this pandemic. One is to marathon running, and one is to a fire. The virus is like a spark. People are the fuel. Movement, gatherings, and lack of mitigation measures (like mass closures, wearing face masks, washing hands) is the oxygen. We do not want the virus to become like a wildfire, so we limit the oxygen. A marathon usually comprises a mass gathering at the start and a gun signifying the start. Everyone tries their best to finish, to perhaps achieve a personal best and even more so, to win. In order for us to win against this virus, we have to do a public health version of starting a few runners at a time and to support those runners until we get them to the finish. If we do a mass start, the public health and the medical system will be overwhelmed and many runners will not be able to reach the finish. And all the while, we are gaining time and valuable information on how to eradicate this virus.
The NYRR sent out this message regarding the NYC marathon today.
NYC has always had a special place in my heart, in terms of visiting the World Trade Center, how my sister attended Barnard and now lives on Long Island, how the U.S. Open tennis tournament is held every year there (one of my favorite sports), growing up 4 hours away and being able to attend a Broadway show on a day trip. It’s an amazing, one of a kind place. I am ever so grateful to have the opportunity to run a marathon through the New York City streets this November.
I still think of JK, CW, MN, SS, CB, TK, and others who are actively fighting against childhood cancers or who lost their battle. I still feel the same about supporting these children and their families to fight their best battle. Thank you in advance for your support, contributions, and thoughts toward that end! Thank you to those who have already joined me on this long journey. Here is my fundraising link.
Here is a short devotional I made the day before Good Friday for my church youth group. It’s about running and what I think about when I run. I hope it blesses you.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in an early press conference that even though we are socially distanced, we are spiritually connected. We are stronger and wiser as a result of trial. May that be so.
Until we get a chance to meet again!
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.