Chandler's run

Chandler was training for his first half marathon when he and his family learned he had cancer. After more than two years of treatment at St. Jude, Chandler finally ran his half marathon during the 2017 St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend.

At 15 years old, Chandler was just about to begin training for a half-marathon when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After 2-plus years of treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, he's finally about to toe the starting line.

 

This is running. Obviously there’s pain, but I’m used to pain.
St. Jude patient Chandler

 

While taking finals during his sophomore year of high school, Chandler began experiencing neck pain, back pain and headaches. When he began to have double vision, his family consulted a neurologist, who ordered an emergency MRI.

Chandler and his family then learned he had a brain tumor called medulloblastoma, the most common type of pediatric malignant primary brain tumor.

Chandler is a passionate runner. Before being diagnosed with medulloblastoma, he competed in cross country and was set to run his first half marathon in 2015. Instead, Chandler underwent two brain surgeries at a local hospital, during which doctors were able to remove part of the tumor.

Chandler’s family was then referred to St. Jude for his continuing care. At St. Jude, Chandler’s treatment included 30 rounds of radiation therapy, seven rounds of chemotherapy and physical therapy.

 
 

During the 2017 St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, Chandler joined 25,000 participants and put another 13.1 miles between himself and his cancer.

For me, life means a second chance. It means extra time that I shouldn’t have, so I could never thank them (the donors) enough.
St. Jude patient Chandler

 
"St. Jude means everything to us. I don’t think we could be in a better place."

Cindy, Chandler's mom

 

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