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I am also walking in honor of my Mom - Debbie McCaghren, who completed her treatments for colon cancer three 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 third half marathon, which is tough, but nothing compared to what these patients go through daily at St. Jude.
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!