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St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend

Team ChaCha

Team ChaCha is up and running! Together, our team wants to do more than run. We want to work to support the live-saving mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We're fundraising while we train for our race so we can make a difference in the lives of kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. This year we have participants in every race, including the marathon!!!

This is the third year of Team ChaCha, and we are running once again in honor of our namesake, Charlotte "ChaCha" Corwin, who has leukemia. ChaCha was diagnosed at 20 months old in September of 2017, when her parents took ChaCha to Peoria to the Children's Hospital, a St. Jude affiliate. They ran tests and were told several hours later that their worst fears had been realized -- she had cancer. That same day she was taken by ambulance to St. Jude, where she began her treatment journey. For more about ChaCha's amazing story, click the link and watch the video:

For over two years, ChaCha has been receiving chemotherapy, along with a host of other medical treatments, like blood transfusions and bone marrow biopsies. But the future is looking bright, and her treatment is scheduled to be over in April of 2020. She is feeling much better and has a spring in her step (and is even working on learning to jump!) In addition to being totally adorable, she is super smart, funny, loving, and TOUGH! This toughness has been essential, given all that she's gone through the last two years, and will continue to go through in the months that lie ahead. ChaCha is our inspiration, and she is why we run. St. Jude gives all of us (her family team members) wrist bands to wear during the races so when we feel tired and want to quit, we can think of her and push ahead, because quitting is NOT an option for ChaCha (or us)! So we are up and running, again, in honor of ChaCha and in thankfulness for St. Jude and the lifesaving treatment they have provided to her.

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.

Many of you have been extremely generous in past years, and we are asking once again for your donations. Please consider donating today to help our team reach our goals. Even when the race is over, the fight to end childhood cancer continues.

Thank you all for your kindness and support,

Love and hugs,

Team ChaCha

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