Hello friends and family. As many already know, my brother and I are running the Rock N' Roll Marathon this March in DC together. This is something that we have developed a passion for as a way to honor the life of Dr. Juan Perez. Dr. Perez was a close friend, model physician, and practically family (often confused as my father!). My brother could not have put it better when he described Juan as humble, compassionate, and a selfless leader. Of the many things that he was to me, I will probably most remember him as my "sports dad." Whenever I had sports games, competed in tennis matches or trained for a triathlon, he was there cheering me on. He motivated me to work hard every day to become a better athlete, future doctor, and a genuine person. I would be remiss if I did not say that he had this effect on many people, from the sporty individuals to those less athletically inclined. I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity share in Juan's life. I know he will be a part of mine today and everyday. In his memory, we are running this race to carry on his legacy. Please consider making a donation of any size to help me reach my goal. Dr. Perez was a lifelong donor to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude is an incredible organization, here are some examples of the many things they do.
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.