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#ChaseRuns. This is My Story.

If you are wondering why I have been recently flooding social media with the #ChaseRuns the answer is multi-pronged. While it may be a not-so subtle remind for me to keep myself accountable to running more consistently, the more honest answer is to build top of mind awareness for a cause close to my heart.

My passion for running was reignited in conjunction with my desire to do anything and everything I could to be involved with furthering the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It drove me to complete my first half-marathon despite going through rehabilitation from a car crash. It inspired me to not worry about the double dry-socket infection from a wisdom tooth procedure and knock out a full marathon the following year.

Why would anyone put themselves through this? Perhaps the better question, why talk about it if it was all voluntary?

Simple. Childhood cancer still impacts almost a quarter of a million kids a year. Running has become my connection to St. Jude and taking measurable strides in the fight against childhood cancer.

The biggest thing that has stood out to me and to this day comes to mind when I see the St. Jude logo is that no family pays a bill. Ever. In the moments when families are processing some of the most traumatic news many of them will ever face, St. Jude makes sure that the financial impact is removed from the equation.

This incredible feat doesn’t happen though without us collectively stepping up to build the backbone of this special organization. For the last few years I’ve ran because the patient stories on KTTS during the Country Cares Radiothon have spoke to my heart.

This year, I run for a more personal reason.

I learned that someone I started to become closer friends with is a St. Jude survivor. As in, one of the reason we are able to watch Cardinals games or he’s able to make fun of my bench press is because of the life-saving research at St. Jude. I run this year because St. Jude saved my friend’s life and I didn’t even know it.

So I ask for your help in taking #ChaseRuns from more than just a silly Snapchat streak to an impactful way to continue the ever-so-needed work at St. Jude. Whether it’s $26 or $260, every penny goes to share more accomplishments, like increasing childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since St. Jude opened its doors 50 years ago.

So please, help me help the kids. Donate today. 

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The latest from the #ChaseRuns project

Running: Tue, 10 Jul 2018 21:25:14

#ChaseRUNS DAY 556: when I asked @markonKTTS for some big life advice a month ago he said “you’re a smart guy. Life pushes you Ina. Direction for a reason. Don’t be a chicken”...I jotted in down in my phone & tonight I believe his words more than ever. #RunForAReason...

Running: Mon, 9 Jul 2018 22:16:05

#ChaseRUNS DAY555 ?????? donate $5.55 for my @stjude kiddos here ? http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Walk/Walk?px=3821590&pg=personal&fr_id=89680Distance: 2.1 miDuration: 00:14:31Average Pace: 06:54 min/miCalories Burned: 274.25035446133Activity Link:...

Running: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 21:47:57

#ChaseRUNS DAY554: peep MamaSnider tagging along for @StJude! ? Distance: 2.1 miDuration: 00:14:05Average Pace: 06:42 min/miCalories Burned: 273.66464230554Activity Link:...

Running: Fri, 6 Jul 2018 20:33:13

#ChaseRUNS DAY552: nothing clears a fever (& your sanity) like 5+ hot & sweaty miles for @stjudeDistance: 5.1 miDuration: 00:40:08Average Pace: 07:52 min/miCalories Burned: 660Activity Link:...

Running: Thu, 5 Jul 2018 21:26:32

#ChaseRUNS DAY551: nice muggy night to raise awareness for @stjude Distance: 2.15 miDuration: 00:16:14Average Pace: 07:33 min/miCalories Burned: 277Activity Link:...

Running: Wed, 4 Jul 2018 23:46:32

#ChaseRUNS DAY550: Faith over fear, forever! ?? @stjudeDistance: 2.1 miDuration: 00:15:44Average Pace: 07:29 min/miCalories Burned: 283.41742462645Activity Link:...

Walking: Tue, 3 Jul 2018 23:28:41

#ChaseRUNS DAY549: sacrifice for the things that transcend your personal struggle. @stjude Distance: 2.2 miDuration: 00:17:04Average Pace: 07:45 min/miCalories Burned: 284Activity Link:...

Running: Sun, 1 Jul 2018 23:29:26

#ChaseRUNS DAY547: nothing reminds you that you #RunForAReason quite like pushing thru a bad sunburn @stjudeDistance: 2.1 miDuration: 00:15:36Average Pace: 07:25 min/miCalories Burned: 267Activity Link:...