My husband is running his second full marathon and his first St. Jude marathon this year. He also works for ALSAC, the fundraising foundation of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Christopher is part of the Heroes marathon program, and he is raising money directly for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through his run.
Here are some amazing facts about St. Jude:
- It costs $1.7 million a day to operate St. Jude, and public donations through fundraising efforts provide more than 70 percent of the hospital's funding.
- St. Jude families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance, and no child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay.
- Donations also cover other costs a family would typically incur while their child is being treated, including travel, housing and food.
- St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and around the world. Every child saved at St. Jude means children saved around the world--a direct result of cutting-edge research and treatment that set the standard in treating childhood cancers.
- When St. Jude opened in 1962, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer, was 4 percent. Today, the survival rate for this once deadly disease is 94 perfect, thanks to research and treatment protocols developed by St. Jude.
- St. Jude was the first institution to produce a cure for sickle cell disease with a bone marrow transplant and has one of the largest pediatric sickle cell disease programs in the country.
- St. Jude is the first center to receive government approval for a unique transplant procedure that makes it possible for parents who are not exact matches to be bone marrow donors for their children.
St. Jude is very important to my family and many thousands of other families, and I would be so appreciative if you could donate to Christopher's run. You can donate directly on his Heroes page: http://bit.ly/ChrisHeroRun
Any amount is truly helpful!