I'm turning the BIG 50 on July 26th! For my birthday, I have set a goal of raising $6,000 to honor the children of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia who suffer from childhood cancer and are my Heroes! St. Jude has given so much to our local families to help them in their time of need and for cancer research. The families who go to St. Jude never have to pay a dime for the services and care they receive at the St. Jude Children's Hospital.
In June 2020 I registered to run The Varmint 5K. The race was dedicated to Brent, Zac, and Hunter. As I started running and thinking about how strong these young men were and how hard they fought, I talked myself into running 13.1 miles. I hadn't trained and didn't know how I would ever finish. But I thought if they could do all they do every day surely I could run a mere 13.1 miles. I survived my 1st half marathon (my toenail did not) and now I am planning to run my 1st marathon, the NYC Marathon in November 2022 on their behalf.
Just a few of my Heroes are Zac Carter, Brent Anderson, Hunter Campbell, Owen Bailey, Patsy Boardwine, Kendra Bowman, Will Calfee, Braxton Creggar, Amber Cruey, Riley Graham, Cheyanne Greer, James Griffith, Keirra Hale, Lexie Herald, Hunter Hilbert, Sam Looney, Reese McCall, Parker Necessary, Jennifer Phillips, T.J. Rasnick, Evan Reece, Steven Reed, Ryan Riffe, Chanci Roark, Brittany Roberts, Michaela Rose, Emma Salyers, Aaron Scott, Gabriel Scott, Lindsey Varney, Megan Vess.
That list is too long and doesn't come close to the number of area children who suffer from childhood cancer. Unfortunately, the list continues to grow every day.
Please help me in achieving my goal to raise $6,000 to honor these local children, their families, and all those that St. Jude helps.
~ Jeff Hurst
- 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 of more children.
Donate today to help me reach my goal. Even when the race is over, the fight to end childhood cancer continues.