Odds were not in favor.
Our lives are precious and ephemeral and we can’t waste any time. My healing journey began from my hospital bed. After 6 months, I’m happy to have fully recovered and now training hard for the Chicago Marathon this October.
My experience inspired me to reflect on a good friend's 6 year old son, Lucas Harashima, a hero in my life. Diagnosed with a rare and incurable pediatric brain cancer, DIPG, he died last year after an 18 month battle. Faced with a traumatic brain event myself, I can only imagine this little boy’s ordeal..And he did it with such a positive spirit and caring soul; never giving up.
Because I was given a chance I wish kids like Lucas get the same. So I am running Chicago in his honor. The Love4Lucas Foundationseeks to fund research towards a needed cure and help families facing DIPG. Brain cancer kills more children than any other cancer, including leukemia, and receives only a tiny fraction of research dollars each year.
I know Lucas' life will continue to inspire me and many to come and I hope it inspires you to give generously now. Let's race for a cure together and make DIPG a thing of the past.
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