Why on earth do I, along with my husband, Jeff and his sister, Jennifer continue to run a 465 mile relay in the middle of the summer?
At age 13, Jeff was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer called nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). More plainly, it was a tumor about the size of a fist in the back of his throat growing toward his brain. Because of its rarity, doctors referred him to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis where he immediately received the most aggressive course of chemotherapy and radiation available. Since his recovery, Jeff has lived an incredibly healthy life and continues to give back daily working as a registered nurse.
Here are some of the things that make St. Jude so special:
The hospital specifically treats children from all over the world who have rare and catastrophic diseases including pediatric AIDS and Sickle Cell Disease.
No patients pay for treatment beyond what is covered by insurance, and those without insurance are never asked to pay. To this day, Jeff’s family has never so much as received an invoice telling them how much all the treatment actually cost.
The hospital assists with travel costs to the facility in Memphis for the family as well as lodging and meals for the duration of the treatment. No matter how long that may be.
An on-site drug facility manufactures drugs that no other companies produce allowing faster treatment and better research conditions. Because of the research done at St. Jude, cancer survival rates all over the world have increased at an unprecedented rate.
Even though the hospital’s daily operating costs are 2 million dollars, St. Jude’s state-of-the-art facility has always functioned completely on donations.
St. Jude freely shares protocols with hospitals around the work so SJCRH IS your local children’s hospital!
You can directly impact someone's life today by making a donation.
Thank you for your loyal support.
Karla, Jeff, and Jennifer