Why we support St. Jude:
Thank you for visiting our St. Jude Runs fundraising page! I have been running for St. Jude since 2011, 1 year after being diagnosed with breast cancer. I had planned to run in 2010 but ended up having surgery and starting chemo that summer so I supported them that year and have been running since that time. My son, Ashton, decided to join me last year and absolutely found the same passion I have for supporting the kids of St. Jude.
Over the past year, I started a new job at OSF Healthcare and quickly learned of a Mission Partner, Katelyn Springer, who was on a leave of absence for her son, Henry, who was diagnosed with Bilateral Wilms in July 2022, meaning he had a large tumor on each kidney. He was put on the most up-to-date treatment plan for his diagnosis, which included chemotherapy, surgery, and possibly radiation. Henry received outstanding care at our local St. Jude Midwest Affiliate through the OSF Children's Hospital which was close to home for Henry and his family. In October 2022, the family went to St. Jude in Memphis so Henry could have nephron-sparing surgery by one of the few surgeons in the world who does it. Henry responded well to chemo which made his surgery even more successful with 80% of his right kidney and over 95% of his left spared. After surgery, Henry returned to the Peoria St Jude Midwest Affiliate in Peoria for additional rounds of chemotherapy. Henry has finished his chemo treatments and beginning to start living life as a toddler. We hope for continued success for Henry and his family. Your support and giving help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital offer the most cutting-edge treatments and cures.
St. Jude Runs is more than a run — Ashton and I are going the distance to support the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Finding cures. Saving children.®
Every dollar makes an impact, and I need your help to reach my goal! Can I count on your donation to help the kids of St. Jude?
Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened 60 years ago— but there is still work to be done.
St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer, and neither will I. Will you support me by making a donation today? Let’s cross the finish line together!