Imagine being told you’ve got a mass in your chest, stage 3 Non-Hodgkin’s T-Cell Lymphoma. The Doctor believes the cancer’s treatable, but you face two years of chemotherapy, blood transfusions, lumbar punctures, and multiple hospital stays…Oh, and you’re 8 years old.
That was my son in 2011.
Can you spare $5? Let me explain why I ask.
On April 11th, 2011, our lives changed forever.
While traveling to a dentist appointment, my eldest son, Noah, complained of arm and chest pain. My wife’s motherly intuition kicked in and detoured to an urgent care facility. After several hours of testing, the on-call doctor discovered a mass in my son’s chest, pressing against his heart and trachea. By nightfall, a Life Flight crew transported my son to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, a three-and-a-half hour drive from home.
To make a long story short, my son has now been in remission for almost 3 years. Though St. Louis Children’s administered the bulk of his care, Noah also received a portion of his chemo through a local St. Jude satellite clinic much closer to home. We believe in the mission and work of St. Jude. And that’s why we walk!
In November of 2011, one of the teen girls at the church I serve, rallied a team of walkers for a local St. Jude fundraising event. When she asked permission to name the group “Noah’s Hope,” a lump formed in my throat and I fought back tears. Of course I consented. On September 26, 2015, we walk again, this being the 4th anniversary of “Noah’s Hope” participating in the St. Jude Walk and raising funds for St. Jude.
Over the last 4 years, my family has learned much about childhood cancer, and we definitely consider monetary contributions to St. Jude’s a wonderful cause. So, would you consider sponsoring my family and I on this walk? Our walk day is rapidly approaching! Every dollar raised helps St. Jude’s care for a child battling cancer. If you will help me raise funds for this 5k Walk, please click on this link: Noah’s Hope
So why do I ask for $5? Online donations to St. Jude won’t accept anything smaller than a 5 spot. So, here’s my challenge. Give up one value meal this month or a Grande Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from Starbucks and donate at least $5 to St. Jude’s. I’m raising money for children battling cancer. I’m raising money in honor of my son. Click on the Noah’s Hope link above and make a difference!
Can you spare $5?