Living Giving: The Story of the 'Mile 7 Shirt'
I’ve been running marathons for years as a St. Jude Hero to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Finally, in December 2009, I was going to run the actual marathon named for this epicenter of compassion — the St. Jude Memphis Marathon. Having raised close to $25,000 from hundreds of folks across the country for the event, I wanted to personally hand-deliver the money while in Memphis. Lori O’Brien, then a senior vice president at ALSAC, the fundraising arm of St. Jude, agreed to accept the funds on behalf of St. Jude the day before the marathon. Lori told me she would cheer for me at mile 7, her usual perch for watching the marathon.