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Become a St. Jude Hero

St. Jude Heroes

Have you been thinking about running but just can't get motivated to do it? Or maybe you've been running for a while and now want to challenge yourself by competing in a race, but you don't know where to start?

If so, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital can help you, and you can help St. Jude continue its battle against childhood catastrophic diseases.

By becoming a St. Jude Hero, you can compete in running events of your choice, including many St. Jude fund-raising runs that are offered around the country, from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. Or if running is not your sport, you can be a St. Jude Hero through walking, cycling, swimming or any other sporting activity.

Just register to be a St. Jude Hero at From there, you can search for a team of runners in your area, form your own or be an individual St. Jude Hero.

Teams will have their own Web site, or Participant Centers, where runners will be able to view their fund-raising progress and their team's progress, e-mail team members, create a personal page complete with photos, have their own online address book and send e-mails to request donations, express thanks or invite others to join the team.

"As a Hero, they are never without information on their next step," said Chris Boysen, senior director of Field Operations for ALSAC. "The system monitors the hero's follow-up needs.  When heroes log in to their center, it states how much of their fund-raising goal they have raised, who has given to their team/goal, who has not received a thank you e-mail,  and if they wish to increase their fund-raising objective they can do so from the site."

And you do not have to participate in runs specifically benefiting St. Jude. You can sign up to be a "Hero" in any athletic event you choose.

"We are very excited about the flexibility the Web site will have for our volunteers," Boysen said. "And we hope that the site helps to spread the message about the work St. Jude is doing and the research that is being conducted in order to save the lives of children around the world."


August 2004