My name is Matthew Guarracino and on behalf of my family, I am humbled to be a part of the St. Jude Heroes - 2020 Boston Team.
What St. Jude means to my family really started three generations ago with my grandparents, Alfred and Anne Guarracino. The message of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital resonated with them and although they were not wealthy by any means, whatever extra money they did have they were proud to donate.
My father Paul made it his goal to carry on their legacy with St. Jude, through continuing to give in his family’s name. His commitment and passion to this charitable endeavor is something that he has passed on to our family and I speak for everyone when I say that St. Jude is truly a part of our lives.
When my wife Angie and I had our two sons Jimmy and Anthony, we realized just how fortunate we were. To have two healthy and happy children is a blessing, but unfortunately not everyone is so lucky. Like many of you, there is nothing Angie and I would not do for our boys. I cannot begin to understand the impact that cancer has had on the hundreds of thousands of brave families who have gone through St. Jude and I pray that we never will, but I am extremely grateful that there is a place like St. Jude that we can all turn to.
It is for this reason that my family for three generations now, has been so proud to support such a tremendous place. I have had the privilege to see firsthand the work the hospital does in Memphis and their research and care is second to none.
With this in mind, I am challenging myself to run my first Boston Marathon in 2020. I feel fortunate to have partnered with St. Jude, knowing that all donations will go to this worthy cause.
Thank you for your friendship and help in this endeavor!
About St. Jude
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.
Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the childhood cancer survival rate from less than 20% when we opened to 80% today. We won't stop until no child dies from cancer.
Our founder believed that "no child should die in the dawn of life," and we’ve spent more than half a century focusing on our mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®
Unlike any other hospital, the majority of our funding comes from individual contributions. And thanks to generous donors like you, families never receive a bill from St. Jude.
For more information about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital please visit stjude.org.