I'm part of this year's relay team for the St. Jude Peoria Run. Please help me reach my fundraising goal for the kids of St. Jude, who are battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. This year I will be running for my former student Reed and all the kids at St. Jude.
In the spring of 2019 childhood cancer hit me personally. My hilarious, lovable, and super smart student, Reed started getting sick in class. The cause of these bouts of sickness were a mystery. After a playground fall, which led to a terrible headache and possible concusion, Reed was taken to the ER. After a battery of tests, he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer. Reed underwent several surgeries before being transferred to St. Jude in Memphis. While at St. Jude, Reed underwent 7 rounds of chemotherapy and 30 rounds of radiation. After 11 months of treatment, he had to learn to walk, talk, and use his right side again. Without the help of St. Jude, Reed would not be here. Needless to say, I am forever grateful to the doctors, nurses, and staff at St. Jude for saving Reed.
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?