January 19, 2020
Dear Friends and Family,
It is with an enormous amount of pride and an appropriate amount of anxiety that I am writing to tell you that we are again participating in the St Jude Run from St Louis to Peoria. This is our eighth, sixth and first year! We are so excited that Scarlett will be joining us this year! We will join about 70 other runners and will run relay style the 186 miles from St Louis MO to Peoria IL in about 33 hours. We will accomplish this during the middle of July when our Midwestern weather is expected to be at its most pleasant (ha)! You know there is only one reason we would do this...to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!
Most of you know our story. Our daughter Olivia was 6 when she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. We were frightened, confused and quite literally at a loss. We found our way to St. Jude Hospital and I will be forever grateful. The care Olivia received coupled with the care we as a family received was nothing short of amazing. Her medical needs as well as food lodging and transportation were provided at no charge to us. They took care of everything so we could focus on caring for our daughter.
Olivia died when she was 7 years old, a 2nd grader not yet old enough to cross the street alone, but in those short years she taught us so much: To always enjoy life, A boa and tiara are always appropriate, and of course, "The More the Merrier!"
So, we will run. We will run for Olivia, for love and for joy. We will run in the hope that St. Jude can continue their important work of finding cures and saving children.
We are asking for your help by making a donation, any amount helps, and 100% of the money raised will go to the hospital. We would also appreciate your prayers, love and good wishes; we will carry these every step of the way.
Tameria, Eric and Scarlett