On March 28, 2018 my grandma passed away just shy of 91 years old and for as long as I can remember she was a St. Jude Hero. The front of her fridge was plastered with photos of her family (4 kids, 7 grandkids, and 5 great-grandkids), but the side of her fridge was covered in photos of the many, many St. Jude children she had sponsored over the years. And when I say covered I mean covered. They had us, her family, outnumbered and then some. That's just who she was. Selfless. Anything she could do for anyone, she did it. Whether it was making dinner, hosting guests in her house, or donating to St. Jude on a retired income. When I saw that the Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon was not only supporting St. Jude, but that the race was taking place on the 2 year anniversary of her passing, it seemed like fate. Just something I had to do for her. So, on March 28, 2020, I, with your help, will become a St. Jude Hero. My racing bib will say "Sassi" (a self-given childhood nickname and the ONLY name she ever called me) and I will run, probably walk, maybe crawl, toward that 13.1 mile finish line in her honor. Thank you, from the very bottom of my heart, for anything you're willing/able to contribute.
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.