WHY WE ARE RUNNING FOR A CURE
We Are Running for Those Who Can't
We (Margaret and Randi) met in April of 2018 and have become very close friends in the past few months. Our friendship centers around more than running miles together, but a passion for helping others. We choose to run our miles through Charity Miles for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on team Connor Mcstrong (a cause close to our hearts). Connor is an eight year old boy who has a genetic disorder called Noonan’s Syndrome which puts him at risk for developing leukemia. Margaret met Connor in 2011 when he was just 18 months old and had been diagnosed for the first time with leukemia. Years of chemotherapy have begun to impact his nervous system making standing painful at times, his endurance for activity is compromised from all of the medical treatments he has undergone. He can only stand for short periods of time before becoming fatigued and expressing pain. With his fourth relapse of leukemia he is undergoing yet another round of chemotherapy and is awaiting cutting edge treatment of Cart-T cells, which will require all of the numbers falling into place. Connor is a happy boy who continues to fight and persevere through all of these hardships.
Each year about 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer, and it is the number one cause of childhood death in the United States! We knew there must be something done to help, and the idea to run the TransRockies Run was born.
ROAD TO TRANSROCKIES
A Leap of Faith
Our passion for this cause and our love for running are at the center of our hearts, and through this process we decided to form a team and register for next years TransRockies Ultra Race in Colorado! Being that this is the first ultra that either of us will complete, it will be a big feat. We have many obstacles in front of us; as new friends we will have to learn to run as a team, work together, train in a supportive and collaborative way, and face the challenges ahead. The run will be a test for us for sure, but nothing compared to Connor’s struggle.