November 22, 2012 Good Health

As a runner I know about good health and discouraging injury. I run up hills for fun. I can travel 26.2 miles on my feet without stopping. My training has brought me to the best physical condition I have ever been in. Running is a big part of my life. When I fall, trip, or stumble, the injury is worse than the pain because while I am recovering, I am not able to run anymore. Part of my life has been taken from me.

Throughout the journey of our lives we all stumble. Some of us more than others. Pray that when you do, the worst you feel is the swell from a spranged ankle, and a two week absence from training. You might miss the big race, but you still have your health. Recovering to meet the road again.

Some of us are not as fortunate though. Their roads are more treacherous. Their journeys filled with obstacles. The sun does not always shine down upon their backs. They lack what we have all taken for granted, good health. Living in fear their next race might be their last.

Josiah Hackett is one little runner who has faced a hard path. At six months old, baby Josiah was diagnosed with a brain cancer. He was unable to use the left side of his body. He couldn’t see out of his left eye. And even if he learned to walk, he was expected to lose his life before he was three years old.

Today, thanks to God’s blessing, and the dedication of the people at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Josiah is running. His path will never be easy. Nobody knows the distance it will take him, but he has already come so far. After brain surgery, shunt replacement, g-tube placement, port installation, 16 rounds of chemo, countless hours of physical therapy, and a truckload of medications, Josiah’s parents have racked up over $2,000,000.00 in medical bills. Bills they will never have to pay thanks to the support of St. Jude.

St. Jude covers not just the cost of treatment, medication, and physical therapy, but the price of transportation to Memphis and all of the living expenses including meals. Imagine what it costs to send a hospital full of young cancer patients and their families to St. Jude for treatment, housing, food, and care. It should come at no surprise that St. Jude spends over 1.7 million dollars a day towards keeping young runners like Josiah on the road to recovery.

In one week I will be running the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis Tennessee. I am asking you to help me in my fight to keep young cancer patients like Josiah running. During this day of thanks, remember the one thing so many of us take for granted, our good health, and consider donating to this charitable cause. I have never asked you for a subscription. Never showed you an ad on Egg Freckles. Instead of joining my fan club, help me by running alongside Josiah, and raising $5,000 towards the cure of cancer. Please donate today.

No one can stop injury from stealing a few weeks of a runner’s life, but together we can help keep cancer from stealing the lives of the little runners we love.