Become an ASICS LA Marathon St. Jude Hero and join local patient dad, Dolf, in the fight against pediatric cancer!
Third time ASICS LA Marathon runner and father to St. Jude patient Brooke, Dolf shares with us his experience as a Hero.
As a father of a St. Jude patient what has been your experience with St. Jude?
“St. Jude has provided our family with hope, inspiration, support and compassion unlike anything we could have ever imagined prior to receiving the diagnosis that our then 4 year old daughter, Brooke, had a rare pituitary brain tumor. We lived in Memphis at the Target House for nearly 3 months in 2010 while Brooke was getting treated and having experienced firsthand exactly what happens there and the outreach, love and support to St. Jude patients and their families, St. Jude is simply too good to be true! If I didn’t live it, I wouldn’t believe to what extent St. Jude’s goes to channel all energy towards curing those beloved children. Although Brooke’s treatments officially ended in May 2010, she is still an active patient of St. Jude and returns frequently for follow up appointments and monitoring of her tumor. We are forever indebted to St. Jude for welcoming us into the St. Jude family as virtually everyone we’ve been in contact there has a soft spot in their hearts for the kids and their families and it shows in how they treat everyone, every day. It is a very special place.
Why you are completing the ASICS LA Marathon? While I can obtain donations and create awareness for St. Jude without running 26.2 miles in one day, my daughter is in a marathon of her own that is far more challenging and a daily reality she will deal with for the rest of her life so my running this marathon as a St. Jude Hero is to honor her while raising money for St. Jude (a double benefit).
To become a St. Jude Hero please contact: Andrea.Pelayo@stjude.org