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I have been working towards a personal fitness goal for some time. I had a “ah-ha” moment in August when my friend told me before a race “to run for those that can’t”. This was a profound statement to me as I was out there achieving goals while others in my community are struggling with their own personal issues.
I learned of a single mother of four children who got very difficult news that she had brain tumors. I watched as our community came together for a car wash, bake sale and gift card drive to help her and the kids. I was so proud and wanted to help more. Other people stepped up to cook meals for the family and wanted to do something, but what could I do? Right now my strengths are that I can exercise and push myself to new limits and that is when I realized how I can help. I will run for Kendra, who can’t. I will run hard and fast for a brave wonderful woman. I will have to run under 4 hours and 30 minutes to make the cut off time, but I can do it because I will run with a new purpose. I will run for Kendra.
Some Words About Kendra
A mother with four children and unemployed at the time of her diagnosis, it caught her off guard. Determined to fight for her life and to be around for her children she confronted this disease head on. She was optimistic that the fight would be won. Ready to start treatment, she shaved her head to donate it to children that need wigs after treatment. She walked out of there with her own new wig ready for more tests the next day. A few days later, the news was difficult. Cancer originated in her lung, but now is also in her liver, bone and endocrine system.
Kendra is currently finishing up radiation treatment and starts chemotherapy in mid-November. Her attitude is so brave and strong. I am in awe of her resolve. I want to run to bring awareness to the brave people like Kendra that continue to fight this disease. For mothers that show such love and strength for their children. Kendra told me recently “I am not dying of cancer, I am living with cancer.”
Why Do I Run?
I run because I can. I could not always run well. I could barely make it half a mile up a flat road without feeling completely winded. It has taken me four years to build the strength both physically and mentally to tackle tough challenges. I recently competed in my first full distance triathlon at Ironman Canada with my wonderful supportive husband John. My friends sent me to this race with special messages and a picture to remind me of their support.
My new healthy lifestyle has made me so happy, brought my husband and I closer together (he got dragged into the new lifestyle too), and it has been such a wonderful journey for our family. However, I wanted to do more.
This opportunity which started with a tiny note tucked into my running belt during a long day out on a race course brought me to the realization that I can run for someone. This is the greatest feeling in the world. It is my gift to an amazing woman and her beautiful children. I am so grateful for this opportunity.
How can you help?
One of the goals of yRun is to help individuals raise awareness and funds for a cause close to them. On December 4th, 2011 I will be running the Rock-n-Roll Marathon in Las Vegas. To honor Kendra Kennedy in her battle against cancer I am asking for any sized donations to be made towards Kendra’s Fund.
Whether you can make a donation of $5 or $1,000, every dollar raised will go towards Kendra’s ongoing medical expenses and to support her children. If you cannot make a financial donation, I still appreciate your support so feel free to leave my friends and family some encouraging words on our yRun page. Thank you for your support!