First of all, I want to wish our volunteers a very Happy Thanksgiving! I couldn't let today pass without expressing my deep gratitude for all of your hard work and dedication this year to 818 Ministries. The Lord is using your time and talent to continue impacting the lives of those facing serious illnesses. Stay after it!
I wanted to let our community of volunteers in on a little secret I'm pretty excited about! Most of you know that I will be running the St. Jude Memphis Marathon on Saturday, December 2nd. A few weeks ago, I had a family on my heart that I've met a few times during hospital visits. I wanted to find a way to celebrate their son AJ and dedicate my marathon to him.
I met the AJ Cucksey a while back at East Tennessee Children's Hospital on a visit after he had been diagnosed with brain cancer. Many of you may have heard of AJ's journey and his friendship with former University of Tennessee QB and Pittsburgh Steeler, Josh Dobbs. If not, I would encourage you to check out the story below to learn more about AJ's journey and his friendship with Josh:
I have decided that I am going to run the St. Jude Memphis Marathon #CuckseyStrong this year! What does that mean? I will be wearing a Cucksey Strong bracelet during my race, I'll have Cucksey Strong written on the bottom of my shoes and hope to get AJ a duplicate medal to celebrate his journey! It will be an inspiring reminder to me why I'm running this marathon - to help an organization like St. Jude whose mission is to find cures and save the lives of children just like AJ! We'll be sharing more photos of my #CuckseyStrong race next weekend on social media.
Pray for me, that especially in the last few miles I'll remember my "why" of this marathon - AJ Cucksey and the lives of all the children that St. Jude cares for. I can't wait to tell you about it!
Then the following Monday we will be visiting with patients and doing an Impact Squad visit in the hospital. You don't want to miss the recap - it's always a special time when we visit Memphis! Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart to those of you who made hats and wrote letters in anticipation of the trip. You are encouraging patients facing serious illnesses and who knows, maybe YOU are a "waymaker" in a child's walk with Christ through your words of encouragement!
Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless!
818 Ministries Founder