I'm excited to announce that I'm tying my laces yet again and will be running the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on behalf of St. Jude!
I ran the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon to prove to myself that I had the willpower to do something I felt was impossible. On that hot, sunny day in D.C., I unburied a level of grit and determination I didn't know I had.
I took that drive with me into 2018 and ran the Boston Marathon on behalf of Cradles to Crayons. Running for a reason bigger than myself helped me through the hailstorm in Framingham, encouraged me up the dreadful Newton hills, and bounced me back from my slippery wipe out on Boylston Street.
I have caught the "marathon bug" and plan to use it for good because as Danny Thomas - founder of St. Jude - once said, "success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others."
In college, I was a member of Bentley's Up 'Til Dawn team and was fortunate enough to visit St. Jude's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. The trip offered an eye opening experience about just how much St. Jude's does for families in need.
- 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 shared 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.
Please donate to my fundraiser to help St. Jude offer support to families when they need it most.