WHY FUNDRAISE?

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

 

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend is the largest single-day fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, thanks to the efforts of St. Jude Heroes and those who donate to help St. Jude kids.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Unlike other hospitals, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from generous donors. In fact, approximately 75 percent of the funds necessary to sustain and grow St. Jude comes from donors and fundraisers who are united in a common goal: Finding cures. Saving children®.

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

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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

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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, nearly 200,000 St. Jude Heroes have raised over $50 million for St. Jude

As a participant, you can become part of the legacy that's allowed St. Jude Heroes to help 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 Santiago

St. Jude patient Santiago, age 3, brain cancer, with his dad

Learn More About Being a St. Jude Hero

Donate on Behalf of a Participant

 

All St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend participants are given the opportunity to fundraise. 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.

We encourage all participants to meet their fundraising goal by race weekend, but Gold, Silver and Bronze St. Jude Heroes have until January 4, 2019 to raise their committed amount.

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