Meet St. Jude patient Ally

Ally has always been an active girl — she’s into swimming, tennis, soccer and golf. Her parents, Emerald and Ken, describe her as a tomboy. “She’s bright and fun,” said Emerald.

But in October 2013, Ally slowed down. She was dizzy and often felt exhausted. Tests showed Ally suffered from a rare brain tumor called medulloblastoma. She underwent brain surgery to remove the tumor and then proton therapy at a hospital near her home. When Ally’s family learned she’d need continuing treatment, they turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Runners who fundraise for St. Jude while training for their race are called St. Jude Heroes, and they’re helping kids, like Ally. The funds raised by Heroes help ensure 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.

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