In November 2015, Dr. Cade Brumley, superintendent of the DeSoto Parish School System in northwest Louisiana, ran a marathon as a St. Jude Hero, raising funds and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.
“Childhood cancer is something that has impacted all of the various towns and communities in our parish,” Cade said. “It is something that is very real to our student body because, in most of our schools, there has been a child who has battled cancer.”
His goal? Raise $5,200 — one dollar for every student in the parish.
Leading up to race day, Cade visited all 10 schools in the parish and spoke to students about how St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and they won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
“I hope that it set the foundation for those students to understand the important work of St. Jude,” Cade said.
He also talked to students about making healthy lifestyle choices. Cade, 35, began running 15 years ago and has lost roughly 60 pounds. While training, he would run at 3 a.m. to beat the Louisiana summer heat.
On race day, Cade dedicated certain miles to current or former students of the DeSoto Parish School System who battled childhood cancer, writing their initials and their dedicated mile on his arm with a marker.
He wound up far surpassing his goal, raising more than $12,000 for St. Jude, and plans to run another marathon this fall.
“My goal, like so many others, is that St. Jude doesn’t need to exist in the future because we end cancer,” Cade said. “That’s the hope.”Register Now Upgrade to run for st. jude