Our team is committed to raising funds as St. Jude Heroes to support St. Jude's lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children.
We Know too well the great works St. Jude does for the real heroes and this is our story.
Alyssa is the daughter of FedEx team member Remco de Jong. She was diagnosed with melanoma at the age of six. Her family turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where treatment included surgeries to remove the cancer, as well as some of her lymph nodes. Alyssa has finished treatment and now visits St. Jude for regular check-ups.
Tyler West, son of FedEx team member Sean West, and cousin of Aylssa de Jong, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2014 and recently finished treatment, also at St. Jude. After watching Alyssa and Tyler go through treatment, the family was hit hard a third time. Alyssa's father, Remco, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2016.
Allie Allen, daughter of FedEx Express pilot Eric Allen of Germantown, was diagnosed in February 2013 with anaplastic ependymoma, a type of brain tumor. A competitive dancer on her school’s dance team, Allie underwent surgery and radiation therapy treatment at St. Jude and continues to meet with the St. Jude team. Allie graduated high school in 2017 from St. Jude school.
Hayes Brown, son of FedEx team member Christopher Brown, was first treated by St. Jude in 2010 after being diagnosed with a form of kidney cancer. After undergoing surgery and chemotherapy at St. Jude, Hayes went into remission, but in 2011 a routine check-up revealed a tumor in Hayes’ liver. He completed further treatment at St. Jude and has been cancer free.
McKaylee Borklund, daughter of FedEx team member Stephen Borklund, was almost one year old when her parents learned that she suffered from a rare type of brain tumor called anaplastic astrocytoma. The tumor was inoperable and when doctors told McKaylee’s parents they had never seen this type of tumor in such a young child, they turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. At St. Jude, McKaylee received chemotherapy on a 15-month treatment plan. McKaylee is finished with treatment and returns to St. Jude for regular checkups.
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.
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about it 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.
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