For the 7th year, I'm honored to be part of the relay team for the St. Jude Pekin to Peoria Run.
This satellite run officially began in 2002 in honor of a friend and classmate of mine - Chad Creech. Chad unfortunately lost his battle with leukemia at the beginning of our senior year of high school in 1999. Since this Run started, over $1M has been raised for the Kids of St. Jude, whose mission is: “Finding cures and saving lives for childhood cancer.”
My family and I have personally been Friends of St. Jude since 2004 and I decided to join the run itself in 2014 as an homage to my grandpa - who lost his battle with cancer that year. Since then, my purpose is simply this: I run for those who can’t.
Due to the unfortunate circumstances associated with COVID-19, this year's run will be different compared to years past. Instead of running into the Civic Center together in Peoria, we will be doing this fundraiser virtually. Even though we are running separate, we will be moving forward together. Even during these challenging times, these facts remain true. 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.
Now is the time to rally together because it's not about the miles... it's about the mission. Will you support me by making a donation?
St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer, and neither will I. Please help me reach my fundraising goal of $2K for the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, who are battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.