Why is Marie running? Because thru treatment, she CAN!!

marie f. why running

“I was diagnosed with Leukemia on October 19, 2013 and immediately admitted to the University of Chicago. Carol White was one of my nurses who was with me from the first day. I was frightened and had no idea how I was gonna get through it. She was so calming and knowledgable. She told me “not only are you going to be ok but you’re gonna join me as part of my team in the Jim Gibbons Leukemia 5k this June”. She gave me a handmade bib for her team “Carols Team of Hope”. I thought she was crazy! There was no way I was going to be well enough to attend, let alone participate. To make a long story short, I did make it to the 5k as part of Carols team! I participated last year as well. I have my hair back and I am back to work. I participate on a patient/physician advisory committee at the University of Chicago and I participate in the mentor program at Hope Childrens Hospital for childhood cancer survivors. I am in remission and I continue to get stronger every day. I will be at the Jim Gibbons 5k again this year as part of Carols Team of Hope but I won’t be walking this time, I’ll be running!

Have a happy, healthy day! “