Meet St. Jude Patient Kaylee from Colorado

In December 2014, tests revealed Kaylee suffered from a brain tumor called medulloblastoma. After surgery to remove the tumor, Kaylee’s family turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, where her treatment included radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

“Kaylee amazes us,” her mother said. “She’s smiling every day. She keeps us going.”

Runners who fundraise for St. Jude while training for their race are called St. Jude Heroes, and they’re helping kids, like Kaylee. 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.

Kaylee is artistic and loves to go hiking and camping with her family in the mountains. Kaylee is now finished with treatment and visits St. Jude for regular scans.

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How to Raise $500 in One Week

Raising $500 is as simple as doing the following seven steps. Do one step a day, and you’re done in a week. Easy!

  1. Start with yourself. Donate $20 to your goal, and be the example you want your donors to see.
  2. Double your gift by checking with your company to see if they’ll match. There’s another $20.
  3. Get your friends involved! Ask five of them for $20 each. That gives you $100 for the kids of St. Jude.
  4. Ask five family members to support you with $20 each. That’s $100 more.
  5. How about your neighbors? Ask five of them to give $20 for another $100.
  6. Do your coworkers know about your goal? Ask five to donate $20, and that brings your total so far to $440 (nicely done!).
  7. Reach out online. Link to your fundraising page on social media and share what you’re doing. Tell your friends how close you are to reaching your goal, and let them help you get there.

Just like that, you’ve raised $500 without breaking a sweat! And the best part is knowing that your running will benefit a greater good, helping kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thank you for joining us in supporting the lifesaving work of St. Jude. (In case you didn’t already know, you rock!)