One of our twin sons, Keith, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in February 2011, at the age of 3. After enduring the unimaginable for 19 months, he ultimately succumbed to the disease in September 2012. In the face of endless challenges, Keith endured with patience and grace. He remained selfless and sweet. He is our hero.
As a family we wanted to find a way to follow Keith’s heroic ways and try to make a difference in the lives of future children and families affected by childhood cancer. We thought we would combine Keith’s love for superheroes with my love of running, in hopes of providing a fun way to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer. Since September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and also the month we lost our son, it has special significance for us. 100% of net race proceeds will go towards childhood cancer research.
In our first four years, we’ve been able to donate a total of $64,000, with the majority of the money going to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Bank at OHSU’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and also some money going to the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute (cc-TDI). To learn more about where our proceeds are going, click here.
In honor of the many children suffering from cancer and in memory of the many children who have died, we all have an opportunity to make a difference. So, lace up your running shoes, don your cape and mask and “HERO-UP” for kids with cancer.
ABOUT OUR SUPPORT
Throughout our journey with childhood cancer, we have had many friends and family ask how they can help our family. During those 19 months of cancer treatment, and especially after Keith’s passing, we have been so blessed by the numerous ways people have shown their love and support. Although the daily life of cancer treatment can be physically and mentally exhausting, we believe that the continued support after the loss of a child is even more meaningful. Therefore we believe participating in our race is one of the greatest ways to show continued support for our family, to honor Keith’s life, and help provide the needed funds to assist in the search for a cure for childhood cancer.