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Jakayla – 4 Years Old

August 27, 2010

When 2-year-old Jakayla became a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2008, she was no stranger to the place.  She’d been going to St. Jude since she was a baby, while her older brother Javon received treatment for leukemia.

As Javon neared the end of his treatment, however, Jakayla became sick herself. She had the symptoms of a cold, and then stopped eating. Their mom, Lisa, took Jakayla to the doctor, who did blood work. The results of the test were troubling, and the doctor quickly referred the family to St. Jude.

At St. Jude, they received the news that Jakayla suffered from the same disease as her brother—acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer. Although devastated, Lisa knew that, at St. Jude, they were in good hands. Jakayla began receiving intense chemotherapy.

Jakayla is still in treatment, but happily, her cancer is in remission.

Dear readers, I really hope the inspiration Friday stories really inspire you not only to make a donation, but to consider all that is good in your life. In the same way these children inspire me to tackle a very trying endurance event with their bravery and courage through medical treatment, as a whole, they and their families further remind me that in general, life is really good.

There are a lot of stressful things in a lifetime: unemployment (been there, done that!), divorce, medical illness. But there is a common theme when it comes to childhood cancer and it is that all parents think, “Please, not my child.” I do not think anything could ever prepare a parent for the loss or threat of loss of their child.

That is why I am trying to raise money for St. Jude’s. At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, no family is ever turned away because of their ability to pay. In fact, the $1.5M daily operating costs pretty much go directly to easing the stress of a sick child: paid travel, room and board, meals, etc.

I know that money is tight in this tough economy, but if you can spare even just $26.20, every little bit helps! I know that most of you would donate with or without a raffle, but I do appreciate your donation and want you to know that for your generosity, it is also possible that you could win a prize. Be sure to check out the Prizes page. We’ve got some great goodies up for grabs. And, if you haven’t made your donation yet, definitely get it in before August 31, because until then, I’m giving each donation an EXTRA 2 chances to win!

Jakayla, Javon, Lisa – tomorrow’s 9 Miler is for you – 3 miles for each of you.

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