In late 2018 I discovered passions for running and supporting Childhood Cancer patients. Just a few months later I combined them to become a St. Jude Hero. To do this, I promoted a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital while training for the 2019 Wine & Dine 2-Course Challenge at Walt Disney World. This was a 10k race followed by a half marathon the next day. This was such a wild success (I raised the 3rd most for St Jude), that I’ve decided to do it again this year.
Just like last year, I’ve kicked off the 2020 fundraiser with a donation of $428.18, a number which has profound significance to me and my family. On April 28th, 2018 (4/28/18), we were at Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas, TX when we received the life-changing news that our youngest son, Carson, 18-months old at the time, had an extremely rare form of Cancer. A malignant tumor was growing between his bladder and spine and was partially wrapped around the latter. The Cancer had metastasized and spread to his lungs. Fortunately, his treatment proceeded effectively and efficiently. After four months of chemotherapy and a major spinal surgery, Carson was declared Cancer-free. Thanks be to God! Carson was a tenacious warrior throughout his battle and was an inspiration to everyone.
RUNNING. Soon after Carson’s diagnosis, my older brother (love you dude!) encouraged me to “run off” my stress and anger. I am tremendously grateful for his advice. Running has helped to ease the gut-wrenching pain I was carrying with me. It has given me future goals to focus on instead of reliving the painful past. I had never run more than a few miles before, but I ran my first 5k in November and then my first 10k in April. Since the beginning, my goal was to run the Wine & Dine 2-Course Challenge as the grand finale. Then I discovered that I could run the races for St. Jude, and I felt like I had been led down this path for a reason: to raise money for fighting Cancer.
FIGHTING CANCER. Thanks to the countless people that wage war against Cancer every day, we have been blessed repeatedly with a sense of hope and peace. We will be forever indebted to these people, including doctors and hospital staff, charitable organizations, support groups, and especially other patients and their families. Now, I have an opportunity to give back. I am taking up the Wine & Dine 2-Course Challenge for St. Jude to help others whose lives have been forever changed by Cancer. With your donations, we can make a difference in fighting Childhood Cancer, even if it’s one child at a time.
Will you join me again?
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Please note that you MUST provide your email and mailing address on the donation form to receive the thank you gifts.
$1-$49 BRONZE “SUPPORTER”
• Personalized thank you note on St Jude postcard
• Recognition on the St Jude website and on www.LegsMis.com
$50-$99 SILVER “MILE SPONSOR”
• Everything from the Bronze level
• Jordan will match your donation (up to $1000 total)
• 21 highest donors will receive a special “shout out” at one of the mile markers during a live race report – you will be recognized as the “sponsor” for that mile
$100+ GOLD “FINISH LINE SPONSOR”
• Everything from the Bronze and Silver levels
• (Gift option 1) Receive ABC’s of Cancer photobook – “This colorful and powerful book features St. Jude patient photos and patient art that describes the cancer journey one letter at a time.”
• (Gift option 2) St Jude Christmas ornament
• 3 highest donors will receive a special “shout out” at the end of the live race report once I’ve received the race medal – you will be recognized as the “sponsor” for that medal
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About Childhood Cancer
•More than 10,000 children will be diagnosed with Cancer this year (about 30 every day)
•Cases vary significantly, but it is not uncommon for treatment to cost over $1,000,000
•More than 95% of survivors will have significant health issues later in life, usually as a result of treatment
•Good news: overall 5-year survival rates have increased from 60% to 80% since the 1970s
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 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 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.