Jen Osborne via Crowdrise
June 03, 2012
In November of 2011 a sweet 3 year old girl named Olivia Carroll was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Neuroblastoma. To beat this awful cancer Olivia has done LOTS of chemo, had a stem cell transplant and done battle with VOD (a very serious and life threatening disease on its own). She is headed into a round of radiation next before topping it all off with another 5 rounds of a form of chemo called a monoclonal antibody that will specifically target any remaining neuroblastoma cancer cells. Through all of this Olivia has shown the strength of an Ironman and is inspiration for my Ironman training.
I will be racing in the 2012 IRONMAN LOUISVILLE on Sunday, August 26. An Ironman includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. In training for this race I plan on running, biking and swimming 3,000 miles. If you see me out there on the streets of Kansas City, MO feel free to shout "Hello." I'm the firefighter wearing the pink Team Olivia bracelet (it's been a great reminder of how strong a person can be). This is my second Ironman so I know what I'm in for. The training for an ironman is tough...almost as tough as Olivia!
I would like to raise $3.00 for each of the miles I run, bike and swim during my training (remember that I will be doing about 3,000 miles total during my training...that's a $9,000.00 goal) to give to the Rocky Mountain Foundation for Hope. Olivia's neighbor and family friend Shannon Cox is the Executive Director and President. This wonderful foundation provides support for families with cancer and also funds cancer research. Shannon will be working with the Carrolls to help with any medical bills related to Olivia's treatment that are not covered by insurance. All donations for Olivia will go to the Carrolls if there is need. Funds donated that are not needed by the Carrolls will be given to another family in need.