Why Fundraise?

Join the thousands of runners who are raising funds for the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.

With more than 22,000 participants, the St Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend is the largest single-day fundraiser for St. Jude. While registration fees offset the cost of the race, the funds raised by St. Jude Heroes support the hospital.

How fundraising helps

Cost to family: $0

No family pays

Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Our goal: 100% survival


Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.

Saving children everywhere


St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

Since 2002, more than 175,000 St. Jude Heroes have raised over $40 million for St. Jude

St. Jude Heroes have helped cover the cost of:

  • acute lymphoblastic leukemia treatment for nearly 100 patients
  • bone marrow transplants for over 200 children
  • 8,000 days in the ICU
  • 4,000,000 meals for St. Jude patients
Patient Gracie

Help patients, like Gracie, who are battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Watch her video.

Find Out More About Becoming a Hero

Donate on Behalf of a Runner

All St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend participants have the opportunity to fundraise as St. Jude Heroes. While fundraising is not required for general registrants, it's the best way to support the kids of St. Jude. We’ll give you everything you need — simply log in to your participant center after you register and we’ll guide you from there!

The fundraising deadline is January 3, 2017.

Meet more patients you'll help by becoming a St. Jude Hero