I am thrilled to announce that I will be participating in the St. Jude Run from St. Louis to Peoria! This will be my first run, and I'll be joining my aunt, uncle, and cousin plus many others. While I am anxious - it will be beyond hot at the time of the run in the middle of July and running and I sometimes have love/hate relationship - I am excited to give back to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
As some of you know, St. Jude has been near and dear to my family my entire life. When my cousin Olivia was 6 years old, she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. She died when she was 7, but the care and support she and my aunt and uncle received from St. Jude was incredible. It made a lasting impact on my family to say the least.
I only knew Olivia for a few years, but, from what I remember and from stories I’ve heard, I adored her. She was my big cousin, and I wanted to be a part of everything she did, which included having matching Build-A-Bear bunnies named Flopsy and Mopsy. She had a kind soul, and her motto, "The More the Merrier," has become a motto for the rest of my family as well.
I am asking for your help as I run in honor of Olivia. Any donation is appreciated, and all the money goes to St. Jude.