In this life there is much that is out of our control. My family suffered the very sad loss of my son’s friend, Jackson, on January 22, 2016. He was diagnosed with brain cancer about a year and a half prior to his death. There really aren’t words to describe the grief that continues to ripple out from that day. There is a constant hole in the world where he should be and is not.
Sometimes the world just feels too big, and too sad. But moving my body is a thing that I can control, and it is a thing that has helped me move through many sad times. I began running consistently a few years ago and I am still often shocked by what my body can do if I just try. My favorite saying is that “you can’t until you can” - which is the perfect blend of reality and dreaming for something more. I am nothing if not a dreamer.
I had planned on running my first marathon quietly and without any fanfare (mainly because I am afraid that I can’t do it) but then I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to raise funds for St. Jude. While Jackson was not a patient of St. Jude and received his care from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, I understand that St. Jude has an incredible commitment to ending childhood cancer. Cancer sucks. Cancer in little kids REALLY sucks. I’ve left some of the other details of St. Jude below if you’d like to read more. And of course if you’d like to hear more about my personal experience with childhood cancer, feel free to ask me in person, but bring some tissues.
So on February 9, I will be running my first marathon because I can. Because I am healthy and I am strong, and so incredibly thankful. If you’d like to donate so that children who are battling cancer can also have a chance at being healthy and strong, it would mean the world to me . This race will be run in memory of Jackson Beezhold and his family who are all so so dear to my heart.
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.