Hi everyone! Thanks for visiting my fundraising page. I will be returning to one of my favorite cities, Nashville, TN, in April 2022 to run my first half marathon. Although training for and running in a half marathon will certainly be a rewarding personal experience, I want to expand the impact of this endeavor beyond my personal growth by making a positive impact in my community.
While I am lucky enough to have never experienced childhood cancer directly or in my immediate family, I am intimately familiar with another area of St. Jude's research -- blood disorders. When I was 17 I was diagnosed with immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a rare blood disorder that heightens the risk of internal bleeding. To treat this disorder, I received two, six-hour intravenous infusions. These treatments and the ensuing wait to determine if they had been successful were mentally, emotionally, and financially draining.
During my infusions I witnessed kids receiving cancer treatment first-hand. Their treatments were longer than mine were, and I could tell that their stays were frequent by the way that the hospital staff interacted with them. Based on my limited experience receiving and watching infusions treatments, it is hard for me to imagine the toll that this process takes on children and their families.
I was incredibly fortunate to bounce back from my ITP after only two infusions. In the grand scheme of things my life was relatively unaffected by the year-long course of my disorder thanks to the scientists and doctors that made treatment possible and my stable financial standing that eliminated cost as a factor in treatment decisions. I am acutely aware, however, that the majority of children battling blood disorders and cancer do not have the treatment or finances that were available to me.
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.
- One-time donation: Any amount helps. Donate through this page.
- Per-mile donation: Pledge $X per mile that I run to train for and during the race. I will provide mileage updates on this page weekly as I train and will contact you with final mileage prior to race day. Contact me for more information.
All donations are tax-deductible. Thanks for reading!