BENEFITING: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
EVENT DATE: May 10, 2015
I am running the 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon (for the first time) to help support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in their ongoing struggle to help discover new cures to save thousands of children's lives.
Many of you are probably wondering why exactly would anyone want to do this? The truth is that I am not like many of the other St. Jude Heroes. I am fortunate enough to not have a close family member or friend that has fallen ill and pray that none ever will.
However, I feel like I somewhat share a connection with some of the patients at St. Jude. I would like to take a quick moment to explain my childhood to you so you better understand the reason this cause hits so close to home for me. In order to picture me as a child, you would probably have to imagine the rowdiest and most energetic kid of them all. I loved to run, climb up tall things then jump off them. Unfortunately, I was not endowed with the best health or immunity growing up and this led to relatively severe chronic asthma and bronchitis that landed me in the emergency room each time like clockwork. So starting at a very young age, I was forced to spend most of my time in hospital beds, emergency waiting rooms, and at pharmacies picking up various new medications with my grief-stricken mother.
Overtime, the hospital staff all knew my mom and I by name and I could tell that they truly wanted to help me overcome my illnesses when even I had accepted the fact that I may end up as an old man wheeling around an oxygen tank for the rest of his life. After numerous referrals to hospital specialists, months of different tests, exercises, medications, I received word from a pulmonary expert at the hospital that I appeared to be responding well to a newly prescribed medication. Within a year and a half, the doctors told me that I could reduce my visits to the clinic as well as participate in more physical activities. Not too long after, I was a starting player in my school's flag football team that ended up winning the division title. If you look at me today, you may never guess that I was every a sickly child as described. I'm now a very athletic and career-driven individual that played sports in high school as well as participated in other various fulfilling activities along the way. By almost losing the ability to do things I loved, I gained the strongest appreciation of life and the second chance I had been given to live a fuller and more enriching life.
When I think about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and see the ill kids that are being treated there, I picture myself in their position when I was a child and the only thing I want to do is to try my best to do what I can to give them the same second chance that was given to me. So to circle back to my initial question of why I am doing this, it is because I believe. I believe that I can make a difference with my efforts along with every person reading this message. We can all help take small steps to make a difference in a young & innocent person's life like my doctors did for me as a child.
As of today, it is estimated that approximately 15,780 children are diagnosed with cancer. Of those 15,780 children, 1,960 kids will die of the disease in the US alone. That is 1 out of every 8 children.
By donating today, you and I can help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to treat these kids, research new cures, and help these kids to have a chance at life like you and me.
So please, every dollar can make a difference. Please donate today!
Facts about St. Jude:
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.
Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from people like you, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation. (That means your donation, no matter what the size, will help!)
St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90% by 2020.
Feel free to click this link to learn a few more facts about St. Jude: http://bit.ly/1t4WiFz