In September 2016, Jack’s family learned he suffered from a type of brain tumor called a high grade glioma. They traveled from their home in Pennsylvania to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in Memphis, Tenn., for his treatment and care, which included chemotherapy and proton therapy.
Runners who fundraise for St. Jude while training for their race are called St. Jude Heroes, and they’re helping kids, like Jack. 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.
Jack is an energetic toddler, always keeping his mom, Sarah, on her toes. “He’s full of energy and is just a happy kid,” Sarah said. “He makes it easier for us to get through this, because he’s just ready to go every morning. His strength gives us strength.” Jack loves trucks and playing peekaboo.
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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!
- Start with yourself. Donate $20 to your goal, and be the example you want your donors to see.
- Double your gift by checking with your company to see if they’ll match. There’s another $20.
- Get your friends involved! Ask five of them for $20 each. That gives you $100 for the kids of St. Jude.
- Ask five family members to support you with $20 each. That’s $100 more.
- How about your neighbors? Ask five of them to give $20 for another $100.
- Do your coworkers know about your goal? Ask five to donate $20, and that brings your total so far to $440 (nicely done!).
- 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!)