I am excited to be back for my 3rd year of the Mattoon to Peoria St. Jude Run.
It goes without saying that cancer affects each and everyone of us. Whether it's a family member, friend, co-worker, church member, neighbor, etc. we all know someone who is either currently taking treatment, has beat the battle, or unfortunately lost their early fight to the deadly disease. We all know how heart breaking the news is to us when we find out that someone near and dear to us is being affected. Our hearts ache for them and we aren't even the one enduring the true pain that comes with the diagnosis.
Now imagine having a child and having to hear that gut wrenching news that your sweet innocent baby has cancer. I CANNOT begin to imagine the fear that runs through the heads of the families. Not only is their child suffering, but we all know the expenses that come from doctor visits, medication, time off of work, etc.
Now imagine finding out that St. Jude is able to help your child fight their battle with cancer. Imagine hearing that they will stop at nothing to find a cure for your child and make them well again. Imagine being told that you do not need to provide an insurance card, pay a co-pay, or meet your deductible. Imagine the relieve when your travel, food, and housing expenses are covered while your child is at St. Jude.
All of this relief that a family of a child at St. Jude is able to find hope in is thanks to YOUR generous donations. Without YOU, the positive message of "We've Got This" would not be possible.
St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer, and neither will I. If you are able, please consider helping me reach my fundraising goal for the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by making a donation today.