What's my story?
Over a year ago, I was diagnosed with Primary Lymphedema in my left leg. Lymphedema is characterized as abnormal swelling caused by lymphatic fluid build up. In short, my lymphatic system (the system that cleans the toxins out of your body) is not functioning properly. This condition is rare and currently, there is no cure. Running has become a sort of therapy for me; not only does it help activate the lymphatic system but it also helps me clear my head and find some peace. I am currently waiting to get approval for a surgery that will, I hope, alleviate some of the pain and frustration from this condition, and while I wait, I run.
If I can go through with surgery, the procedures and recovery could take years. Basically, if not now, then when?
I run because I still can. I have had a long standing goal of completing a full marathon, and if I was going to run my first marathon, why not go for it and run the challenge of the 5k, 10k, half marathon, and full marathon all in one weekend? This seemed like a completely logical and totally sane train of thought.
Why St. Jude?
Each stride will mean so much to myself, more so than I can really put into words. The best way I can express what running this challenge means to me is by making sure these strides mean something more than just to myself. I have chosen to run for a reason bigger than myself, by fundraising for the kids and families at St. Jude. That's why I am asking for your help, please consider making a donation to St. Jude, the money you donate helps find a cure for childhood cancer.
Did you know:
- Secondary Lymphedema, which is more common than Primary Lymphedema, can be caused by trauma to the lymphatic system such as cancer and/or cancer treatments. St. Jude's LIFE Study is looking for ways to treat and cure cancer, while limiting the devastating effects of cancer treatment!
- 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.