Volunteer Spirit: St. Jude patient running fundraising team


KNOXVILLE, Tenn Nothing slows down Audrey Stanger, not even cancer.

Her mother, Lynn Stanger says, "It's called IMT, Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumor. The first one just blew up in her lung and was removed surgically. Just two months later she had another baseball sized tumor sitting on her diaphram."

Audrey was treated at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with chemotherapy in December 2011, and the tumor shrunk.

So, Audrey wanted to give back. Her family formed a fundraising team for the St. Jude marathon in Nashville back in April.

Audrey ran the 2.5 mile mini marathon, and collected more money than she expected.

Michele asks Audrey, "You wanted to raise how much money?"
Audrey says, "100,000 dollars." Michele says, "How much did you raise?" Audrey adds, "101,000 dollars. Yeah my friends and I were up and screaming and stuff!"

She did it selling lemonade and with bake sales.
Audrey explained, "The girls in my class brought cupcakes and cookies and stuff. We got like 200 dollars from it."

"I think it was a good family effort. She does have a magnetic personality and people do gravitate towards her through this ordeal we have been through as a family," says Lynn.

But they could go through it again.
Lynn says, "We did just find out there is some activity on her diaphram, we are starting her back on the chemo and re-assess in a couple of weeks. She was fine when we told her, we said Audrey you need to go back on your chemo, and she said, ok."

Audrey and the family are already looking forward to next year's marathon to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, with a bigger team and a bigger goal."

"Mom thinks $200,000 but everyone says, you're crazy!" Audrey smiles.

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