“I walk for three simple reasons:
I walk because I can.
I am here because of research, support, and determination. In February 2011 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. With an entourage of family, friends, medical staff, and unlimited strangers I completed the 2.5 years of treatment to dominate the disease. I am fortunate enough to be celebrating 4 years of being giddily cancer-free. (My picture is from my cancerversary)
I walk so that others can.
My hope is that those future cancer-fighters have a shorter battle. Scratch that. My hope is that the disease can be detected and eliminated without a battle. Medical science is amazing. Fascinating. I wouldn’t be here without the leaps and bounds they’ve made over the past couple of decades. I believe dreams come true, and I dream that for future warriors.
I walk because others can’t.
For a while there, I couldn’t walk due to exhaustion and hip issues due to steroids. Two bionic hips later, I am strutting my stuff again. Sadly along my path here, I met other warriors that will not be at the race because cancer took them away from us. They will be in my heart. I walk for my friends and for the strangers that research and support will save.”
All the best,