Runnin’ for Regen

This year for the Country Music Marathon, AC and the Tough Kids has the privilege of running in honor of Regen Morris. We are blessed to have many of Regen’s close friends and family members running with us. His memory will be with us as we train and raise money for St. Jude. This hospital touched his life, providing him with the best care possible and caring for his family. Audrey loved to visit Regen and Tishia on our trips to St. Jude. I know you will welcome his family, friends, and memory to our team. Last year we raised over $100,000 for St. Jude. I hope our community can pull together to raise even more in 2014! What an incredible way to honor those we have lost and support those children who are fighting for their lives now.

Let’s Do Something Special

Hey everybody, we hope you are well and have had a great Christmas and New Years.  It’s hard to believe but it is already 2014 and its time to get the band back together!  That’s right, the 2014 St. Jude Country Music Marathon is taking place on April 26 and we’ve got big things planned once again to raise money for the incredible St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Put simply, we need your help.  In the very near future we will begin our fundraising efforts, but the most critical part of what we do is building a TEAM of friends like you who are willing to help us reach our goal.  There is only one requirement to be a part of this team…you must be ready to do something special.  Not only will you be taking the extraordinary step to completing a marathon, half marathon, or mini-marathon, but in doing so you will be making a serious impact on the wonderful kids at St. Jude.

Many of you are familiar with what St. Jude has done for our family.  Because of St. Jude, our oldest daughter Audrey continues to be in great health and continues to get world class treatment at no cost to our family.  This can only happen through the wonderful support of donors around the world and events like the one we will be participating in.

If you have any interest in taking part in this great event as a member of AC and the Tough Kids,  please let us know and we will be more than happy to share with you how to get started and what an incredible impact you will be having.

Best Wishes.

Lynn and Marshall
AC and the Tough Kids.

We Did It!!!!

AC's Avengers w/ ALSAC St. Jude CEO Richard Shadyac

AC’s Avengers w/ ALSAC St. Jude CEO Richard Shadyac

When my wife first came to me with a goal of raising $100,000 for St. Jude I thought she was crazy.  I begrudgingly conceded to the goal but secretly didn’t want to disclose it to anyone for fear that we wouldn’t come anywhere near it.  Ultimately I decided that even if we fell fall short of our publicized goal we could still be proud of whatever total we ended up at.  As the final weeks of fundraising wrapped up, we began to see that raising $100,000 was a real possibility.  Imagine our surprise when it was announced at the St. Jude pasta party (the night before the race) that we had met our goal.  What a wonderful moment!

I have been asked on a few occasions how we were able to raise that much money.  Quite simply it is a testament to the kind and giving spirit our wonderful community of friends and family.  More importantly it is a testament to the wonderful work of St. Jude.  I simply don’t know where we would be without them.

PS – I’ve been given a new goal for the 2014 race.  It’s comically large.  Somehow I think we will make it.  See you next year!

AC and the Tough Kids featured in the Huffington Post

Just wanted to pass along this article we wrote this week for the Huffington Post….

Last April I ran my first marathon at the St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville to support kids fighting cancer and other deadly diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Truth be told, the running ended at about mile 13, when both of my legs suddenly started cramping.

Despite all of my training, I was relegated to a combination of jogging and walking for the remainder of the race. Admittedly, I was pretty discouraged as I walked injured, nearly 14 miles away from my destination.

Over the next few hours, as I proceeded ever so slowly toward the finish line, there was only one thing that kept me going — I knew that my oldest daughter Audrey would be there to greet me at the finish line.  Read More…