I am so excited to be granted the incredible opportunity to run the 2020 Chicago Marathon to fundraise for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!
For 58 years, St. Jude has led the world in understanding childhood cancer and other pediatric catastrophic diseases. This dedicated research hospital advances prevention and cures, so much so that the treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80%. Additionally, the groundbreaking discoveries made are freely shared with doctors and scientists worldwide so that this knowledge can help children everywhere. But what truly makes St. Jude unique is that families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. Unlike any other hospital, the majority of their funding comes from generous donors. At St. Jude, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.
This is my first marathon and I could not be happier to make my miles matter for such a distinctive and impactful facility in pediatric cancer research. As many of you know, cancer research is close to my heart as someone currently working within clinical research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. However, my biggest motivator for choosing this particular research organization was my mom's love and admiration for St. Jude. She explained to me at a young age the story behind Danny Thomas's vow to change lives. She always donated to St. Jude, and asked me to if I could when I was older.
Once my mom was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2017, the mission behind St. Jude became more profound as my own family experienced the emotional turmoil and financial burden that cancer causes. Everything I do is for her, but I knew choosing to fundraise for St. Jude would make her particularly proud.
Please join me in supporting the mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Any amount is greatly appreciated! Thank you so much for your love and support :)