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In 2021, I had the opportunity to fundraise and run with Shoe4africa in the 50th anniversary of the New York City Marathon. When I signed up to fundraise, in an effort to help fund the first ever pediatric children’s cancer hospital in Sub-Saharan Africa, I didn’t know how cancer would affect my family in 2021. As I ran the race, I thought of my dear Aunt Janie, who passed just a month before the race, My Aunt Juli, who had ran the race during her chemo treatments 14 years earlier, and my big brother, Brandon, who had just finished his final chemo treatment a week earlier. I could feel their energy filling me, as I ran my first ever marathon! I was sure I would be one and done with marathons, but running for a cause has changed me! When you run for a cause that is making a real impact in the world, it suddenly becomes easy to run a marathon. (though I can’t say I wasn’t seriously sore the next few days. )

A week after the race, I emailed Toby, and told him I was going to fundraise another year. I am NOT one and done after all!

In Africa, 9 out of 10 kids with a cancer diagnosis will not survive. In stark contrast, In the U.S., that same statistic is 1 out of 10. Why? Because they do not have a dedicated hospital to treat pediatric cancer. I am excited to change so many lives, by giving kids who have no other way, a fighting chance! Your donation, of any amount, will surely make a difference for not only these kids, but also their loved ones.

This hospital is especially close to my heart, as It will be named for my Aunt Juli Ann Perry, who lost her battle with cancer. What a beautiful legacy to be able to be a part of.

To all those who have lost a loved one to cancer, are fighting cancer themselves, or are helping a loved one fight, my heart is with you! As we work together, we can  help many many more not only to survive, but to also thrive.