The Buffalo Marathon is less than a month away, and one runner is dedicating her first marathon to the fight against cancer.

Did You Know?

About 1 in 285 children will develop cancer before the age of 20, and according to Children’s Cancer Cause, approximately 47 children per day are diagnosed with cancer in the United States.

Far. Too. Many.

One day, I hope we get that number down to 0, because it shouldn’t hurt to be a child.

I am training to cross the finish line on May 29 at the Buffalo Marathon (my first ever marathon!) and with your donation, we can cross the fundraising finish line together -- because the money you donate helps find a cure for childhood cancer.

I had a family friend lose her son at just 5 years old to leukemia, and watching a family go through the hardship of having a sick kid, being strong for them even when you want to cry...that changes you. Nobody should have to go through that, and I can’t even imagine their pain. 

Our family friend's son fought a hard battle with his cancer for almost his entire life, and I want to do everything I can to make sure no family and no child ever has to go through that kind of pain again.

Over the years, I've heard cancer described as its own kind of "marathon" because you can't look at the finish line. You never know what the end will turn out like, so you have to take things day by day, moment by moment, step by step, right after left. 

I'm running this marathon to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, so no kid ever has to fight the "marathon" of cancer again. 

You may not know this, but when a child receives cancer treatment from St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the family will never receive a bill from St. Jude for any of the treatment, travel, housing or food - because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Your donations allow a family to do just that. 

That’s why many Western New York families will travel to Memphis to receive treatment from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, because it is the best facility for treatment. The hospital freely shares the discoveries it makes in every child’s cancer journey, and with every child saved at St. Jude, there is more knowledge to save thousands more children around the world – including the children right here in Western New York. 

St. Jude is a children’s research hospital, which plays a huge role in the fact that many of the treatments invented at St. Jude has 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.

Are you with us?

If you are able to give, you can click here to donate to help the children at St. Jude Children’s Hospital. 

Even when the race is over, the fight to end childhood cancer continues.

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