But these events also draw us closer in support of a singular mission regardless of where we live. Portland, Ore., is more than 2,200 miles away from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Hardly “local” by conventional standards.
But for Courtney and Jason, whose 10-year-old daughter, Macey, underwent treatment at the St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center to treat her brain tumor, St. Jude is home. As a way to say thank you, the couple launched the Portland St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer this month.
Here in Memphis, mothers of patients have taken up the banner and coordinated other patient moms to volunteer in support of the Walk/Run.
This year’s committee chair, Jenny, said of her involvement, “It was a hole I've been looking to fill for a long time. When a hospital such as St. Jude has given you your daughter back, continues to save others and will not stop until they find a cure, this is just a mission that you have to be a part of.”
Thank you, Jenny, from the bottom of my heart.
And thank you to Bobby, Courtney and Jason, and to all patient families and supporters across the country for what you’ve done this September, and throughout the year, to help end childhood cancer. Together.