I'm part of this year's relay team for the St. Jude Peoria Run.
St. Jude has always been special to me.
I have a sister I never was given the privilege to meet, because cancer took her from my parents at the age of 3.
They did a great job of keeping her spirit alive for me and my siblings.
We celebrated her birthday, looked at pictures of her and visited her grave often. We grew up as if we knew her.
Now that I have two boys of my own, I cannot imagine life without them.
They’ve been to her grave, and know one day they’ll get to meet their Aunt they’ve heard about.
Amanda Marie (my sister) was diagnosed with an Astrocytoma cerebellum brain tumor. She had
surgery to remove it, but unfortunately she never woke up from that surgery.
She didn’t have a chance to fight, and on Valentine’s Day in 1985 she went to her heavenly
My heart can hardly handle knowing my parents had to hold her one last time, to bury her body and
know there was nothing they could do.
I have a passion for St. Jude because I believe that no parent should have to bury their baby.
Please help me reach my fundraising goal for the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, who are battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Thanks to generous donors:
- 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, and neither will I. Will you support me by making a donation?