For the second year in a row I’ll be running in the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon. Last year I just ran in the event but after experiencing the event and seeing so many people running to support St. Jude Children’s Hospital I decided to do the same in 2017. I decided my goal would be one hundred dollars for every mile of the run. That comes out to $1320. [EDIT: Math is not my strong suit. After further review, my goal is $100 per mile + $10. LOL!]
I signed up for the 2017 event shortly after finishing the race last year. The event seemed so far away I thought it was too early to start my fundraising campaign so I held off on asking anyone to support my cause. On November 29th, which was #GivingTuesday I decided this would be a good time to start raising money for St. Jude. I emailed a bunch of friends and family and posted a link on Facebook and twitter. The response was way beyond my expectations. In seventeen days, not only did I reach my goal–I exceeded it!
I’ve reached $1430 from online donations. I have another $40 in cash to forward to St. Jude. That makes a grand total of $1470 donated in seventeen days! Just awesome. When I started I wasn’t sure I’d make it to $500 so to say I’m overwhelmed by the support I’ve received would be an understatement. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported me. I’m still a little shocked by how quickly so many came out to support this cause.
Just in case you’re not familar with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, they lead the way in the treatment of childhood cancer any other life-threatening diseases. Treatments invented by St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.
I’ve already reached my goal but I still have almost 133 days until the Half Marathon. I think I should continue to fundraise until the day of the race. I have no idea how much further I can go with this but it will be interesting to see the progress. So if you haven’t donated yet, please do. Today! Don’t wait. You can donate to my campaign by clicking on the graphic above or taking your web browser to, http://heroes.stjude.org/rickhannon
Thanks again to everyone who has supported me in supporting St. Jude. Please consider supporting this wonder organization.