Leadville 100 Run for Cael and Miley, Stronger than Cancer
Organized by: Alex Casas Burke
Alex Casas Burke via Crowdrise
August 18, 2015
On July 27, 2002, I lost my dad to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. My family struggled to pay for medical costs, and my father did not get the treatments he needed to survive. In his honor, I am raising funds for two very small children who are waging a brave war against cancer. Join me in helping my nephew, Cael, and my dear friend's daughter, Miley, both 7 years old. No parent should have to worry about medical costs when their baby is suffering from such a horrible disease.
On August 22, 2015, I will be running the Leadville 100 mile "Race Across The Sky" for my first time. In doing so, my goal is to raise funds for Cael Wolfe and Miley McCrary as they race for their lives against cancer. My "Lucky 7s", Cael and Miley, will be my inspiration to dig deep and run 100 miles in the mountains of Colorado, with an elevation between 9,200-12,600 feet, and a total of 18,168 feet of climbing. If these two brave kids can endure horrible treatments with a smile on their faces, surely I can push through 100 miles! Please read their bios, dig deep, whatever you have in mind to donate, donate times 2, and support these two babies. They each have a long road ahead in treatments, and their families are struggling with costs. Donations will be split 50/50 between the Wolfes and the McCrarys for medical costs.
Cael Wolfe is a 7 year old boy currently fighting one of the toughest battles he will probably ever face – childhood cancer. On July 25, 2014 a routine blood test found that he had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of the blood. He was immediately sent to St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, where his long journey began. After 4 months of intense chemotherapy, Cael is now in the “maintenance phase” of treatment. However, his treatments are far from over. This brave little guy endures nightly oral chemo, weekly chemo (IV), as well as scheduled spinal taps, MRI’s, and routine tests to monitor the side effects of all of the medications. This will continue through week 120 (which will be March, 2017) – he is currently on week 36. Cael's enduring smile through all this reveals his great strength and determination.
Miley McCrary is a 7 year old girl who is currently fighting a very rare cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma, cancerous tumors that grow in the bones or in the tissues around the bones. Miley has suffered the loss of her humerus bone and part of her elbow, but thankfully, surgeons were able to replace it with a prosthetic, saving her arm, though she also suffered nerve damage to her hand. She is now on her final phase of treatments, another round of chemotherapy for 22 weeks, to kill off any potential remaining tumors, which may be too tiny to detect now. Miley is a fighter, and she recently won an arm- wrestling match against boys, with her good arm!