(Courtney Elise Simon age 3)
Some kids have it tougher than others, and Courtney Elise is one of them. Courtney, a 3-year-old spunky little angel was recently diagnosed with Embryonol Rhabdomyosarcoma (cancer of connective tissue). This is a fairly rare type of cancer. Only 300 people, usually children, are diagnosed with it each year. The tumor is almost 12 centimeters in size in her abdomen and is constricting her aorta, which causes her very uncomfortable leg pain. She has a hard time walking on it. The only way to stop that pain is to shrink the tumor so they can eventually remove it. Courtney is currently undergoing weekly chemotherapy treatments for at least the next year and DAILY radiation for the next 3 months!
(The effects of Chemo)
For the past 6 months I have been training for the Wasatch 100. Those of you who are not familiar with the Wasatch 100, it is an Ultra Marathon that starts in Kaysville and finishes in Solider Hallow. The Wasatch 100 offers over 26,000 ft in elevation gain with about the same for its decent. You have 36 hours to complete the race before being removed by race officials.
(Wasatch 100 Course Profile)
I have been looking for a deeper purpose to running and finishing the Wasatch 100 and I found it in Courtney Elise. Regrettably, the cost of chemotherapy, radiation and hospital visits can quickly add up, and, insurance will only cover so much. It is my goal to raise $50 for every mile of the race. Please take a moment to donate and help me raise $5,000.00 for Courtney Elise.
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