October 24, 2014

Woman honoring friend and mother by running 5K

TriciaI will be running in a 5K in memory of my mom and in honor of my best friend, Charles Israel, in order to raise money for cancer research.

Please help me raise money to fight cancer by supporting research at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

Visit my page on the Winship Win the Fight 5K website and register or donate today.

Why I’m Running (Part 1): Charles is a huge part of my life. I first met him in July 2013, we have been very close ever since. Charles is a cancer survivor. He underwent experimental chemo treatment and radiation for his laryngeal cancer He was blessed to have success and not have to have a tracheotomy, which would have prevented him from being able to continue with his career as a police detective. His determination and dedication is an enormous inspiration to me.

I admire him and wish to honor him in any way I can. Hopefully I will be able to raise some money in his name to give back to Emory for cancer research for granting Charles the unique opportunity with the experimental treatments which saved his life and his career, that others may receive similar opportunities as well. I love you, Charles! Here’s to a long and healthy life!

Why I’m Running (Part 2): My mom was born in Memphis, TN on November 19, 1949. She moved to Fairburn, GA at a very young age and attended school there her entire life. She graduated from Cambellton High School, which is now the home of Landmark Christian Academy. She raised us 3 girls as a single mom, and worked hard everyday of her life. When her mother became ill with breast cancer my mother cared for her until she passed away.

In November 2000, just before her 51st birthday, she was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, a rare cancer involving soft muscle tissue. I was blessed to spend her final days with her caring for her just as she had cared for her mom, my Oma. On July 22, 2001 she passed away. Only eight months after her official diagnosis. It was hard to believe my mom was gone at the very young age of 51. She is pictured here with my two sisters, MeLisa Shepherd Key and Georgianna Brown on Mother’s Day 2001.

Leiomyosarcoma is a rare cancer and is highly resistant to chemotherapy and radiation. My mother was told there was not much they could do for her. I would love to see Winship Cancer Institute be able to do more research to find a cure for all cancers, but to also find treatments for cancers such as leiomyosarcoma to help those with the disease to live longer and more enjoyable lives.

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