Did you know that this month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month? One organization that Brian and I support every year is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Nearly 16,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer this year in the U.S., and one in five of those children will not survive (cue the tears—this breaks my mama heart).
St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases and doctors often send their toughest cases to St. Jude because it has the world’s best survival rates for some of the most aggressive childhood cancers. 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. How amazing is that?
One reason why I love St. Jude so much is their focus on what matters most—saving kids regardless of their financial situation. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.
This month (on September 26th!) they’re having a walk/run event at the Westfield Mission Valley in San Diego to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Registration for the event, which features family-friendly activities and entertainment, is $10 for adults and children ages 6 and up. Whether you’re here in San Diego and want to participate or are reading this from afar and want to do something to make a difference, you can get more info, volunteer, register or make a donation at stjude.org/walkrun.
Photo by Rowan Heuvel