Kim Pope wrote -
On June 21st, a team of 160 cancer survivors and supporters will embark on a 4,000-mile run across America. One marathon at a time, the team will cross 15 states and more than 500 communities as they work to pass their baton from the Pacific to the Atlantic. I am one of those runners.
On July 16th I ran 26.2 miles with the Above + Beyond Cancer Organization. I supported Dotty Meltesen and Michelle Reibsamen Flattery as they ran their leg of the Million Dollar Marathon. It was a hot day, a lot of sweat and tears were shed, but it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. On July 18th, I received an email informing me that a group fitness participant that attends my classes had found out Monday July 15th that her 3 year old daughter, Maddy has Leukemia. My immediate reaction was WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP! I was told that they did not need any help right away, but would like people to give blood or donate money to cancer research. I immediately decided I was going to raise money in Maddy’s honor and run the last leg of the Million Dollar Marathon. I don’t know Maddy, but I know her mom, she is a very caring and beautiful person. She loves her kids and would do anything for them. Maddy is only 3 years old and while I know cancer does not discriminate to think of a 3 year old going through what she is going through breaks my heart! It makes me mad, sad and motivated at the same time! I am a runner and I love to raise money for a great cause! What I am asking is that you support me while I run yet one more marathon and donate in Maddy’s honor!
Here is Maddy’s story:
“As some of you may know already, and most of you do not, our little Maddy was diagnosed with leukemia on Monday. She had been running a low-grade fever for about a week, which got worse over the weekend. She had a nosebleed on Saturday and developed a limp on Sunday night. We took her into be seen yesterday morning and were sent directly to Blank Children's hospital. She had a bone marrow biopsy, lumbar puncture along with a lot of needle pokes. The type she has is Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (or ALL) and she has the type B form. This is actually all good as it is the most common form of childhood cancer. Her white count was pretty high so she is considered high risk (but not higher risk or highest risk - actual categories). Overall, she is doing pretty well and they have already started chemo. She will have pretty intensive chemotherapy for a month, at which point they hope to get the "cancer count" from near 100% down to under 0.1%, and then less intensive therapy for 2.5 years to ensure that it does not come back.
SO, right now, we do not need anything. We have already gotten a lot of offers for things, but the only things that you can do for us is to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Like I said above, this is going to be a long journey and we will probably be cashing in on offers to help down the road.
Thank you for all of the text messages, emails and phone calls. Sorry we haven't gotten back to most of them, but we've been a bit busy. This will probably be the easiest way to relay information to everyone from here on out.”
Please follow Maddy and her progress
More information can be found on the run's website: http://coasttocoastforcancer.org