MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, 10 motivated runners from across the country laced up their sneakers in a show of support for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which leads the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
For the last three years, St. Jude Heroes, fundraisers who participate in endurance events, have participated in the Boston Marathon on behalf of the hospital that ensures families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
"It's as simple as $10," said Lauren Scribi, a St. Jude Hero and member of the team. "It makes a difference. People supporting me while I run, raising money as a team, it all allows St. Jude to continue its mission to save our children."
More than 30,000 participants will run the 121st Boston Marathon this year in front of over 1 million spectators. Together, the team of St. Jude Heroes trained to run 26.2 miles and raised nearly $150,000, which is vital to helping St. Jude find cures for some of the most aggressive childhood cancers.
St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, so every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
This year, the Boston Marathon St. Jude Heroes team included: Mike Coughlin, Rob Daniel, Jerry Jacobs, Heather MacLeod, Chris Perret, Alanna Orbach, Theo Retzios, Lauren Scribi, Nikitas Tsoukales, Paula Verderber and Coach, Stephen Allison.
There is still an opportunity to help the St. Jude Heroes cross the finish line and donate by visiting crowdrise.com/stjudeboston2017.
To participate as a St. Jude Hero in one of many races across the country such as the St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon, visit stjude.org/heroes.
Congratulations to all of our St. Jude Heroes.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).
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