Participating in our local St. Jude Walk/Run 5k to End Childhood Cancer in Baton Rouge #‎ShowYourGold‬

Walking up the hill to Highland Road Park on an early Saturday morning to a barrage of tents filled with supporters and volunteers was a welcome sight. To see so many people with personalized team shirts displaying their own personal cause to why they were there, smiling, hugging each other and ready to participate in the local St.Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer was overwhelming.

Booths filled with info on St. Jude, donuts, fruit and more to welcome everyone.

Booths filled with info on St. Jude, donuts, fruit and more to welcome everyone.

This cemented my eagerness to do something to give back this year. I have been very fortunate in my journey the past four years. I have participated in races at Disney and even a relay at an Ironman in Georgia. This year I had the urge to do something more. To “run with a purpose” and I picked St. Jude. It was a cause special to my father and I have friends with a direct connection that  has told me how St. Jude has helped their families. This morning gave me just a small insight of what I will be in for when I take my journey to Memphis this December and the excitement started to build. My daughter was with me that morning in which I told her I was thankful, her response “Kids with Cancer come first” and she couldn’t be more right.

Signs along the Start before the Walk/Run started.

Signs along the Start before the Walk/Run started.

My daughter and I at the St. Jude photo booth to capture the moment of what we were feeling

My daughter and I at the St. Jude photo booth to capture the moment of what we were feeling

Hundreds lined up ready to start their walk/jog .

Hundreds lined up ready to start their walk/jog .

Lots of signs along the way personalized from patients of St. Jude. I am sure the same that you would see at the races in  Memphis

Lots of signs along the course that were personalized by patients of St. Jude. I am sure the same that you would see at the races in Memphis.

After the walk/run there was jambalaya, soft drinks, water, snoballs, face painting and lots of other activities for young and old before wrapping up this eventful morning. Later we found out the Baton Rouge event raised over $420k which is remarkable!! 

I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the local ‪#‎StJudeWalkRun‬ . It just reaffirmed everything what I’m trying to do for December’s goal and as a bonus I just got the email invite to participate in the hospital tour in Memphis while I am there. I feel so fortunate to be able to do something for these kids. Please consider a tax deductible donation if you haven’t done so yet. Thank you! 💛  CLICK HERE TO DONATE

For every child treated at St.Jude, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. Let’s not forget those that we have lost and help those that are still fighting.

#NEVERFORGOTTEN

#RUNFORAREASON

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#FORYOUDAD