Calendar

Jun
3
Sat
Walking for Amy : 2-Mile Walk, 5K Run and Disc Golf Tournament @ Roanoke Park
Jun 3 @ 8:00 am
Jun
4
Sun
A Paint Nite to Remember with St. Jude @ St. Paul Lutheran Church
Jun 4 @ 2:00 pm
Jun
17
Sat
St. Jude Trivia Night (St. Jude El Paso Run) @ Venue 27 (Topsy's)
Jun 17 @ 6:00 pm

For additional information regarding this fun filled Trivia Night supporting St. Jude, please click on the “St. Jude Trivia Flier” link.  Here you will also find a registration form that you may mail in to Diann Smith.  Team entry forms are due by June 10th.

St Jude Trivia Flier

Jun
26
Mon
St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run Meeting (New Runners) @ To Be Determined
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run (All Runners) @ To Be Determined
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm

A New Runner meeting will be held prior to this All Runner meeting at 6:00 pm.

Jul
24
Mon
St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run (Final Meeting) @ To Be Determined
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm
Aug
1
Tue
St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run (36th Annual)
Aug 1 – Aug 5 all-day
Why I Run

For the kids! Finally got to the hospital in Memphis after this last run from St. Louis! I’ll be running every year I physically can after that visit!

Staci Strawbridge October 23, 2014

As the holidays of 2008 came and went, we noticed a change in Tess.  Our sweet princess seemed to be tired, a little pale, and sporadically complaining of leg pain.  We took her to our family doctor for a check up and blood work.  Nothing was alarming, so we decided to wait and watch.  Within a week, we could easily see that she was getting worse.  Tess had several body scans and tests which kept coming back with no clear answer.  Our family was sent to St. Jude in Peoria in January of 2009 where we were given life-changing news.  Tess, 3 at the time, had a tumor in her adrenal gland and cancer cells in her bone marrow.  She was diagnosed with stage 4, high-risk neuroblastoma.   We were lucky enough to stay at the Midwest Affiliate in Peoria for her initial diagnosis and her first surgery.  She had a week to recover and then we headed to Memphis.  Tess was given a 20-30% prognosis at that time.

Between Memphis and Peoria, Tess faced 10 months of chemotherapy, a stem-cell harvest and transplant, several surgeries, 13 rounds of radiation and 6 month antibody therapy treatment.  When we started the journey, the antibody was not available.  Because of the on-going research happening at St. Jude, Tess’s prognosis jumped to 70%!  Not only does St. Jude provide cutting edge medical treatment, they also provide HOPE.  Without the care and love that every staff member showered on our entire family, hope would have been lost.  St. Jude was able to care for Tess’s medical needs, our emotional needs, as well as our financial needs.  St. Jude saved our daughter’s life.

Today, Tess is a healthy, happy 9 year old girl.  She is in 4th grade and loves to play outside, shop, cook, and dreams to one day be an artist.  This July, she will celebrate a milestone and earn a new title, “cured”.

Princess Tess Swearingen October 23, 2014

I’m not much of a runner but I seem to have a knack for fundraising and what better cause to do it for. Just knowing that every penny I help raise goes to saving a child’s life- well no better reason than that!

Jennie Edwards Mulder October 23, 2014