Dear Family and Friends:
It is that time of year again. Although Dawn and I are not running for St. Jude, this year will be our third year participating in the St. Jude Motorcycle ride from Peoria, IL. to Memphis, TN. This motorcycle ride is 465 miles one way from Peoria, Illinois to Memphis, Tennessee on September 13th and 14th. We have a goal of earning a donation to St Jude Children’s Hospital greater than $2,000 this year. The St. Jude Rides event donated $807,000 this year at the St. Jude telethon in Peoria, IL from the Ride for 2017. Dawn and I really want to be part of this event and with all of your help, we can help raise the donations possible to help the families and the children of St. Jude.
With the loss of my mom, Nancy, to pancreatic cancer in December, 2017, it makes me think of all of the families with patients of cancer. The money that we raise is to help the families of the patients as well as the research and development for the treatment of cancer. We want to help make a difference in the lives that affect these people with cancer.
This year marks the 21-year anniversary of my nephew, Kyle, being diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Childhood Cancer. He was almost three years old then. Kyle is 23 years old now. Since 2000, Kyle has been in remission and doing very well. Kyle has completed his Bachelors degree in Fire Science from Western Illinois University and is currently training at the Fire academy in Peoria, IL He is interested in going into the Firefighting profession (like his late Father) after completing the Academy. These accomplishments and many more to come, I am sure, would not be possible without the research, development and treatments of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Dawn and I would like to thank all of you who contributed last year and all who will contribute this year. We look forward to hearing from those of you that we have not spoken to recently and appreciate any and all of the donations that we will receive for the Children of St. Jude. No donation is too small.
If you are more Tech savvy, go to the St. Jude fundraising website to donate to our page. www.fundraising.stjude.org. Press the “Find a Participant” button and type in Toby and Dawn. This will take you to our donation page.
Thank you again and take care,
Toby P. Skaggs
Dawn M. Skaggs
428 S. Pinkerton Rd.
Hanna City, IL. 61536
How your donation helps:
- Thanks to donors like you, no family ever receives 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.
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