Thousands of people nationwide joined together in September to fight childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases through the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer. In Austin, the event took place Sept. 15 at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. With more than 800 participants and 70 volunteers, the event raised more than $80,000 during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Funds raised help patients like Michah. In 2016, Michah was referred to St. Jude where he underwent six months of treatment for retinoblastoma (eye cancer). Michah successfully completed his treatments and now travels to St. Jude every six to eight weeks to monitor his progress. He is a thriving two-year-old toddler who enjoys playing with his older brother, sister and his chickens.
“We are thrilled to partner with St. Jude again this year as a Flagship Team,” says John Borgerding, Accruent CEO. “Our employees are excited to raise funding and support for this wonderful organization that is playing such a critical role in putting an end to childhood cancer and other heartbreaking diseases.”
Because of generous donors and events like the St. Jude Walk/Run, families like Michah’s never receive a bill from St. Jude. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago.