Charlotte, affectionately known as “Cha Cha” by her family, was found to be suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type of blood cancer, in September 2017. Cha Cha was referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, where she receives chemotherapy. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it 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.
Cha Cha’s mom loves seeing the world through her daughter’s eyes and watching her little girl grow up. “Becoming a St. Jude mom has given me a completely different perspective on life in general,” said Cha Cha’s mom. “I’ve learned not to take things for granted and that often the smallest pleasures bring the greatest joys.”
Runners who fundraise for St. Jude while training for their race are called St. Jude Heroes, and they’re helping kids, like Cha Cha. 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.