Saturday, June 1, 2013

Stepping Out

It's no secret, I love runDisney.  It's also probably no surprise that with all of the activity around recent race news that I've been salivating over running at Disney again.

A funny thing happened last night.  My running accomplices for Princess 2014 and I were texting back and forth yesterday about Glass Slipper registration.  Talk then switched to Tink.  Then switched to charity running and by the end of the conversation this happened

St. Jude Heroes

Dear Suzanne,
Thank you for registering to be a St. Jude Hero in the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon. You registered as a member of Will Run for Wine. Things are always more fun when you do them together, so you're on the right track!

Yes, that's right.  We have signed up to run for St. Jude for Wine and Dine this year.  I am super excited, but mostly terrified.  This is such a great organization and I am proud to be a part of their team.  But this is my first major fundraising attempt.  Even in school I was never the go-getter.

But this, this is important.  Running has always been a refuge for me, it's been a source of hope and encouragement.  It's a reminder to me that I am stronger than I think I am and that while I may be on my own during my run I am never alone because I'm part of a community that supports me and encourages me along the way.  I'm a part of something way bigger than myself.  

St. Jude provides hope and encouragement to the families that need it.  Through St. Jude's there have been strides made in research and they are there to provide quality medical care for children with catastrophic illnesses regardless of their circumstances.  Every child can have hope through St. Jude.

When reading through the St. Jude Mission Statement this passage jumped out at me under the values section.

  • A commitment to provide our patients with the highest quality of medical and supportive care, and their families with the level of information and support necessary for them to make informed decisions and to become active participants in the care of their children.
  • A commitment to respect the ethnic, cultural, religious and lifestyle differences of patients, their families, our colleagues and our supporters.
St. Jude not only cares for the patient they are there for the family as well.  To support, to encourage and to guide.  
As a mother of two little people, St. Jude is one of the charities that holds my heart.  So to that end I am stepping out and saying I will do this and I will not be shy about about my efforts.

If you would please consider making a donation on my behalf, I would greatly appreciate it.  My personal fundraising page can be found here.  

I've committed to raising funds as a St. Jude Hero to support St. Jude's lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children. I need your support to help me reach my fundraising goal for the kids of St. Jude.
It costs $1.8 million a day to operate St. Jude. Did you know that 70% of the funds come from the public? That means your donation, no matter what the size, will help!
How your donation helps:
  • Thanks to donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything, including lodging, food and travel.
  • St. Jude will continue to improve treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases through it's groundbreaking research.
  • For every child treated at St. Jude, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries.

Every Dollar Counts

Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your donations could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.
Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50
These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.
Wagon: $70
Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.
Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75
St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.
Creative Toys: $100
Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and it’s important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.
Delicious Meals: $210
St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.
One Day of Oxygen: $447
Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.
Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700
These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.
Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 average
For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child and one parent or guardian.

If you would like to support me by encouragement that would be greatly appreciated as well.  As it has been my goal this year to step outside of my comfort zone this is truly testing that goal.  But St. Jude is something I stand behind, something that I am willing to step out of my comfort zone and do all that I can to support them.  

Won't you join me?