Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I'm A Hero

Remember when I announced last month that I am running this year's St. Jude Marathon?  I mentioned that I had signed up to be a hero this year - and even though the race isn't until December, my fundraising for St. Jude is already in full swing!

As a mom, I hope to never have to experience the services provided by St. Jude first hand.  I just cannot imagine the fear and worrying that those families go through.  Until now I have never even personally known a St. Jude patient, but that all changed in December when my friend's daughter Annabelle was diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumor called Pleomorphic Xanthroastrocytoma (PXA).  Annabelle is very lucky in that she had her tumor removed and it was non-cancerous but she will still be followed by St. Jude for many years because unfortunately PXA has a high rate of recurrence.  I think one of the best things about St. Jude is that families are never billed for the services provided - despite your ability to pay.  St. Jude relies very heavily on fundraising to help them be able to continue to provide services free of charge.  And that's where we come in.

I have set my fundraising goal at $500 and to date I have already raised $210!  This is awesome but we still have a ways to go.  I would love nothing more than to surpass my goal, and I'm hoping you will help me and share my link on your blog and/or other social media outlets to help spread the word.  I am running this year's marathon in honor of Annabelle and can only hope to be as strong on race day as she is!!!

QOTD:  Do you know someone that has been a patient at St. Jude?  

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