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- Thanks to donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything, including lodging, food and travel.
I am also walking in honor of my Mom - Debbie McCaghren, who completed her treatments for colon cancer nearly five years ago and is still cancer free. I also walk in honor of many who have fought or are fighting cancer currently, but sadly there are so many I can't list them all.
I will be doing my fourth half marathon, which is tough, but nothing compared to what these patients go through daily at St. Jude.
It is my fifth year participating in fundraising and the activities of the weekend. That said, I was unable to do the 5K my first year due to the ice causing the races to be canceled. But if it weren't for that cancellation, I probably would not be doing the half marathon - it put things in perspective.
In the past few years, I have lost dear friends and mentors to this disease - brain tumor, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, and most recently colon cancer - and am friends with many who just recently were diagnosed with a variety of other cancers. They have fought this disease with grace and a toughness that even my participating in my first half-marathon pales in comparison to their fight.
No one should have to fight this disease - not your worse enemy, not the bully on the corner, no one. I remember Mom's first chemo treatment - knocked her for a loop - and Mom is a very strong woman. If it did that to Mom, I cry when I think about what these kids go through each day with treatment. I am however thankful that there are folks who are there to support those fighting cancer, and I'm going to do my part here as well.
Let's be honest - Cancer is nasty, ugly (literally and figuratively) and wants to go and defeat the person.
But we're stronger than that - which is why I am walking in my first half marathon and raise money for St. Jude. Please help support the cause and donate - it doesn't have to be much, but you are helping people fight this batter and make that ugly cancer something that can be defeated with treatments that help the "ninjas" (what I called the chemo Mom underwent this year).
Thank you for your support!