Hi! My name is Charity Hurst and I am the principal at Tazewell Middle School, Tazewell, Virginia. St. Jude has become very dear to my heart as we currently have two students at our school who are being served by St. Jude; and, a very close friend who’s son is also at St.Jude.
Let me introduce them.
Brent Anderson, an 8th grader at Tazewell Middle School, is a very kindhearted 14-year old who has been diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma. The diagnosis has only made him a stronger and more determined young man. Even with treatment and surgery, he has never lost his sense of humor or his loving attitude. Everyone at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has taken EXCELLENT care of Brent and they always make him feel special and loved. #andersonsarmy
Hunter Campbell, also an 8th grader at Tazewell Middle School, was diagnosed with Evan's Syndrome several years ago. Recent lab work came back abnormal and Hunter and his family headed back to St. Jude. The St. Jude family has been very supportive throughout his battle with this autoimmune disorder.
Zac Carter is a 13 yr old cancer warrior who has been fighting metastatic osteosarcoma since June 2016. Since that time, Zac has endured numerous surgeries (including 2 amputations & 4 thoracotomies to remove lung tumors), multiple rounds of chemo, radiation treatments & immunotherapy. Cancer has taken both of Zac’s legs & pieces of his lungs, but it has not taken his faith, his positivity, his sense of humor, or his love & concern for others. Throughout whatever he faces, Zac keeps smiling, & he inspires others to keep smiling & persevering through adversity! It is difficult to put into words how much St. Jude means to us. The care Zac has received there & the compassion & concern shown for both Zac & our entire family is indescribable. We feel so blessed to be part of the St. Jude family. It is truly our home away from home. #zacstrong
I have chosen to run for a reason bigger than myself by fundraising for these young men, their families, and all the other young people 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 to 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 of more children.
Donate today to help me reach my goal and give back to St. Jude for all the help they have given to the students of Tazewell Middle School, their families, and all the young kids out there with cancer and autoimmune disorders. Even when the race is over, the fight to end childhood cancer continues.