Hi there! My name is Macy Niewoehner. I am 20 years old and I'm from the small town of Hawkeye, Iowa. My parents always joked I learned to run before I could walk, and I haven't stopped since that day! I started running competitively in elementary school and ran cross country and track in middle school and high school, making a berth at the state cross country and track meets all four years. I have always loved participating in road races all across northeast Iowa. At age 18, I set my sights on competing in my first marathon - the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. I fell in love with the long process of training and the atmosphere the marathon brought. I finished at 3:53:21, surpassing my goal of four hours. This fall, I ran my second marathon, the IMT Des Moines Marathon. I won my age group with a personal record of 3:43:50! From there, I decided I wanted to try running one of the most prestigious marathons - the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Instead of hoping to get selected from the non-guaranteed entry group, I decided I would put my hobby to good use - I wanted to fundraise for an organization that I knew deserved the support - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
I am a St. Jude Hero! I have chosen to run for a reason bigger than myself by fundraising for the kids and families 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 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 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.