Hi friends!!! In February I am going to be running the Rock n' Roll half marathon in New Orleans. The event is to benefit St. Jude Children's Research hospital and as part of my experience I have chosen to help raise money for this incredible cause.
Ever since I was in high school, I have spent countless hours working with kids- tutoring students after school and coaching gymnastics. After college I hope to become a physician assistant, specifically specializing in pediatrics. After spending so much time with children, it breaks my heart that some are diagnosed with serious illnesses and have to go through such a terrifying experience at such a young age. This is why pediatric patients especially need the love and support of their family during this difficult time. Unfortunately, not every family is able to afford the huge costs of medical bills and hospital stays during the time that their child is sick.
I currently work in an emergency department and in the short time I have been there, I have seen first hand how detrimental the burden of medical costs can be. When patients avoid seeking care because they are worried about the cost, their condition can escalate to the point where it becomes life threatening. Medical care should not be something that patients or their families should worry about paying for, especially in pediatrics. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for the families of children living with long-term and chronic illnesses, which is why I have chosen to do what I can to help make their experience just the slightest bit easier
If you're on the fence about donating, here are some super cool facts about why St. Jude is so incredible:
- 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.
Friend's and family, please consider donating to help this race mean something bigger than myself. Even when the race is over, the fight to end childhood cancer continues.
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you all have a lovely holiday season <3