I have spent more time in children’s hospitals than I ever imagined was possible. I stayed ten days in the NICU with my second child; it was completely unexpected and was one of the hardest times of my life. Then came my third child, who left the hospital two days after birth with no complications...or so the doctors thought. They were wrong...He actually had several complications that weren’t caught until months later, after many, many doctors and specialist visits.
He had so many surgeries over the next year, including a major spinal surgery, and I’ve lost count on how many times he has been put to sleep. All of those countless visits and overnight stays in the children’s hospitals at Duke University, University of North Carolina and Harvard University-Boston’s Children’s hospital. I will never forget the fear of the unknown each and every time we stepped into those hospitals. Not just for my son, but for all of the other families there also. I’ll never forget the look on the staff’s face when a child was lost or the screams from parents. When my son was 20 months old, he was finally cleared from all of his health issues and has no complications today.
To celebrate his victory, I wanted to do something to give back to help other kids with life threatening diseases. This is why I am choosing to raise money for St. Jude. If you have read this far, thank you. I hope you will find a way to give back to others in your life too. Xoxo
I need your help.
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.
Please donate today to help me reach my goal.
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****EXTRA INCENTIVE TO DONATE--Cross the NYC Marathon finish line with me!****
All donor's first names will be professionally imprinted on my race shirt regardless of the amount donated, unless you donate anonymously.
Bronze Level- Donations of $100 or more and your Business Name will be imprinted on my race shirt (Please put business name on the donor form)
Gold Level-Donations of $400 or more and your Business Logo will be imprinted on my race shirt (be sure to include your email address when donating, so I can request a copy of your logo).
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.