My Second Annual Gears for Giving cycling fundraiser is shifting its focus from a multi-day father/son challenge to a formidable race against myself involving both speed and endurance. On behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, I’m focusing my cycling energy this year into a one-day 100 mile bike trek – that’s 100 miles in a single day, something I have never accomplished before! It can be compared to a full-length marathon. The trek will take place on Saturday, October 27.
Donations received in support of this effort will assist in basic and clinical research for cures of children’s diseases and the treatment of children. St. Jude Children’s Hospital, which treats kids from all 50 states and from around the world, has over 7,800 patients visit the hospital each year looking for some type of medical assistance. Amazingly no St. Jude patient pays for any of his or her care as the vast majority of contributions coming from individuals like you and I.
After raising more than $6,500 last year, in a Silicon Valley to Los Angeles 10-day bike ride with my son in 2011, with your help, I am determined to top that success this time. My 2012 goal is $10,000. Do you think that’s possible? I know that a lot of hard work goes into every penny that you and I earn, but I also believe that we can empathize with the goal of eliminating childhood cancer.
Leading up to this huge endeavor, I have rigorously been training to be mentally and physically prepared. I am determined to give this my very best effort, pushing my body to the limit to where I can reach the 100-mile, one-day goal for the sake of the children. All I ask of you is to find it within your heart to donate whatever you can. While some of you may be able to donate hundreds of dollars, even a few dollars will help. Together, we can make a difference! You don’t have to be an employee to donate, but if you are a Samsung Semiconductor employee, your donation will be matched by the company. Click here to make a difference.
Your donations can help kids like Maddie.
11 years old
Diagnosis: Maddie was found to suffer from acute myeloid leukemia in December 2010.
Maddie’s story: Maddie loves to play softball. In summer 2010, she competed with her team, the Dixie Darlings, in the World Series Softball Championship. During the tournament, the temperature hovered near 100 degrees. The girls played at least two games a day. “Maddie was going nonstop,” said her mother. “She never complained, she never said she was tired.” Teams from all over the world participated in the event, and Maddie’s team placed third. It was an amazing feat for Maddie and her team.
Then, just five months later, Maddie’s family learned she suffered from acute myeloid leukemia. Her family was devastated. “We were so scared,” said Maddie’s mom. “I kept thinking, no, not my child.” They turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for Maddie’s treatment and care.
At St. Jude, Maddie underwent radiation and chemotherapy, followed by a bone marrow transplant using an unrelated donor. To her family’s relief, Maddie’s cancer went into remission. Maddie dreamed of returning to the softball field that summer.
But when routine tests revealed the cancer had returned, Maddie was once again sidelined. Her continuing treatment at St. Jude included chemotherapy and a second bone marrow transplant in September 2011. Her dad served as her donor. Maddie’s cancer went back into remission, where it remains today.
“I think it would have been so much harder for Maddie if she had not been so athletic,” said her mom. “She’s so positive about everything, she’s so strong.”
Maddie now returns to St. Jude for regular checkups. But more importantly, Maddie has also returned to the softball field. Her goals are lofty: She hopes to play collegiate softball. Thanks to St. Jude, Maddie’s family has no doubt she’ll meet her goal. “St. Jude is a wonderful place,” said her mom. “I don’t know where we’d be today without them.”
To help give hope to children such as Maddie who are fighting life-threatening illnesses, please donate here.