St. Jude was my first marathon and will always hold a special place in my heart. Anyone I talk about St. Jude Marathon weekend, I get goosebumps. The humble feeling when running through the complex, giving high five to patients, parents, and care givers is incredible. Letting them know they are the true heroes is a feeling everyone should experience. I love the amazing feeling of encouraging the families and letting them know, they are not alone. It is a weekend everyone should attend in their lifetime. I always tell people when asked about the marathon, “If you can run that marathon without crying, you are NOT human.” The weekend is a true definition of community in every sense of the word. I have so many amazing memories from training with friends, reading the signs during the race, and the environment of just being there.
The amazing work that St. Jude does to empower kids and family is second to none. Through my years of teaching I have had kids and friends who families have directly benefited from the research, love, and compassion that St. Jude gives. A couple years ago the weekend got a little more personal, right after my Mom's heart-attack. When she was recovering she missed many events she had already signed up for (50 mile bike ride, a couple 5ks, and I, one goal she would not change was walking St. Jude half. She said she wanted to do it for the kids. It was a great carrot to motivate her to get up and go. It helped her know that others were going through a recovery at a much younger age, and as an adult, it was something she could do to encourage others. So, three months after a heart-attack and triple bypass, that is just what we did, we walked St. Jude half, we crossed the finish line hand in and with some of our closest friends, who had held our hands the last three months. My mom has since made the promise, as long as she will walk for the kids that is just what she will do. So, this December, to celebrate being back in America, I am flying over to Memphis to walk St. Jude with my Mamma. Please help me support them as we help St. Jude continue to help families with cancer without charging a dime.
St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks to donors like you:
---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.
Now, here is where I humble myself and ask for money. I know you knew it was coming, and we all get tired of people asking for a small thing, here and a small thing there, but think about it. If all my Facebook friends, or all my blog readers, gave up a small thing (one or two cups of coffee, one or two bottles of water, one energy drink), $5.00, what a difference we could make in a child's life, heck, in a family’s life. I know we all have "wasteful" ways we spend $5.00 without even thinking about it. So, who is with me? Who can make a small sacrifice to team together and make a big difference in a child's life? Thank you for donating and helping me reach my goal for the kids of St. Jude!
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