Jaxon Hindman is running the St. Jude Marathon with this message to others: Don’t give up on your goals
In 2014, at the age of 12, Jaxon Hindman was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He became a patient at St. Jude as he went through brain surgery and endured chemo and radiation treatment. On December 1, 2018, he’ll be running the St. Jude Marathon to deliver a message of hope.
“She was crying…”
He counts himself fortunate from the beginning, because it was an accidental hit to the head with a dodgeball at school that brought him to his doctor.
His mother was given the news first. “When she came out she was crying,” he recalls. “I wasn’t sure what happened. What she told me was there was something in my head that needed to be removed.”
Hindman told Runner’s World, “My doctor said had we not found out that day, I would have started having symptoms like nausea within the next two weeks.”
Five days after discovery of the cancerous brain tumor, Hindman went in for brain surgery, followed by rigorous radiation and chemotherapy.
By October of 2014, he was declared cancer-free.
“Being a survivor and everything I want to inspire other people that no matter what you’ve been through you can still have crazy goals that you can accomplish,” Hindman says.
At the age of 17, Hindman will be running his first marathon in Memphis
He’s been a runner since 2015, and already run everything from 5Ks to half-marathons. He enjoys CrossFit, and credits strength training with improving his times.
“Despite what I’ve been through and other kids like me have gone through, it doesn’t set any limitations as to what you can accomplish or goals that you have,” Hindman said. “You can accomplish anything you set your mind to.”
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Featured image source: via Jaxon Hindman’s YouTube video