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Friday, September 26, 2014

The One With My Fundraising Letter For St. Jude

Hello Family and Friends,
I hope you are all doing well and that school, life and that FALL is well underway for you all. I am writing to you because every single one of you is important to me in so many different ways, and right now I need some help from you .I am currently training for not 1, not 2, but 3 FULL marathons that I will run later this fall, and in doing so I will be raising money for the children of St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis. (The St. Jude Marathon in Memphis, TN will be my 2nd race of the 3 and will be run on December 6th!)
I have a personal fundraising goal of $2500! That amount scares me, but with your help I know that I can reach that. More importantly, I know that that money is going directly to a hospital and organization that I fully support.
Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude:

Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50
These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.
Wagon: $70
Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.
Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and "coming off chemo": $75
St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child's completion of chemotherapy treatment.
Creative Toys: $100
Play is an essential part of every child's life, and it's important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.
Delicious Meals: $210
St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.
One Day of Oxygen: $447
Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.
Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700
These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.

The possibilities are endless, but hopefully that will give you a little insight into where your donation will be used. I personally love the fact that a donation of $75 will provide a party for a child when they complete chemo! I think that is such a great thing for St. Jude to do for their kids that are in their care. I will definitely be making a few of those “party donations” myself!

So now I’m asking you to please take a moment and pray over what you might be able to do to help support this great hospital and help me reach my goal. When others ask what is an appropriate amount to donate, my first response is always, “whatever you feel led to give.” If are looking for a starting point, I would suggest a great amount is $26, a dollar for each mile I will run (or $78 if you would like to give in support of all 3 marathons!). This is an awesome way to show your support to the cause, and a great tie in to both the hospital and the race that supports the hospital!

I realize that everyone is at different places financially and not everyone is ready to give, and that is completely ok. I would still like to ask that you help support me in prayer and encouragement. I have never taken on 3 marathons within a month so that overwhelms me, but I know with proper training and support I can make it happen.I will need much encouragement, love, support and prayers from all of you!

Thank you for taking the time to read through this and thank you very much in advance for your help and support!

The deadline to donate is November 10th. You can find the links to my personal donation page as well as my blog for weekly updates on my training below.

Thank you again.
-Lauren Bridge


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