St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is one of the amazing organizations we support, and this weekend is particularly special for them because it marks the 10th annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon. Many runners call it the most meaningful race they’ve ever run. It attracts marathoners from across Memphis, the United States and all over the world. They come together for one common goal: to raise money and save children’s lives.
Some runners choose to become part of the St. Jude Heroes team—a nationwide group of everyday athletes with a common goal of finding cures and saving children. In 2010, more than 6,000 Heroes from across the country raised more than $3 million for the children of St. Jude. The effort of the Heroes team inspires hope in children who are battling cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.
Here are a few pictures of marathoners running the race from over the years:
St. Jude was founded in 1962 by the late Danny Thomas. On average, 5,700 active patients visit St. Jude each year, most of whom are treated on an outpatient basis. The hospital maintains 78 inpatient beds and treats upwards of 230 patients every day. St. Jude is solely supported through donations and fundraising efforts, and the money raised from this year’s marathon will undoubtedly help keep their doors open.
Good luck to everyone running the race this year! Our very own marketing manager, Beth Wilson, will be running the half marathon and we wish her the best of luck!