Why St Jude? They’ve been helping kids with cancer since 1962, so why do they still need our help? Well if your family has been affected by cancer, you know not everyone’s story turns out with a fairy tale ending.
My story is a selfish story of someone blessed with an amazing 22 year old son. I support St Jude because I’m a lucky one. I cry tears for the kids who are put through so much to fight this fight. My heart aches for the parents that have to figure out how to put on a brave face for their child, when all they want to do is curl up in a ball and cry. I can not stand to hear one more story about another child dying from cancer.
So what does St. Jude mean to me? Have you seen those commercials on TV? I can tell you after touring the hospital that every thing you see on there is true. I can tell you from running with St Jude parents and former patients that everything you hear is true. A running friend I made last summer has been running for 10 years; her son’s cancer was cured as a child and it came back last summer 15 years after his last chemo treatment. St Jude didn’t view him as an adult, they had an appointment for him 4 hours after his call to their office because he will always be “one of their kids”. Yeah, that hits home for me.
Everything that is good in this world can be found under one roof at St Jude: faith, hope, kindness, love, and courage, so much courage. They provide all of this and so much more and it costs families absolutely nothing. They serve kids around the world at the main hospital and local affiliates; those that they can’t serve directly they share the information and protocols with their doctors *free of charge*. Because as I mom I can tell you the only thing I should have to worry about is keeping my child happy and healthy.
It takes A LOT of money to fight this fight, and to keep hoping for a cure, for cancer to be eradicated from our vocabularies, and so much of it comes from people like us. Please consider joining us and to run for the kids of St Jude. Join us and together we’ll help each other to make a difference in the lives of kids.
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?