I started running 4 years ago after being inspired by watching the live broadcastof the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon. A dear friend was running the race and shortly thereafter I decided to give it a try. Just a couple of days after watching that marathon, another friend ask for my help as she was organizing a fundraising activity for St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Puerto Rico. I jumped right at the opportunity and have since contributed to the same fundraising initiative. Running and fundraising are not really that different. You have to set a goal and work hard to achieve it. So, this year I have decided to do both.
Famous runner John Bingham once said that "if you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far." This year, I'm aiming to become more than a runner. I want to become a St. Jude Hero. I have chosen to run the NYC Marathon 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 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.
Donate today to help me reach my goal. Even when the race is over, the fight to end childhood cancer continues.