…145 Days Until Race Day
This is my buddy, Holden (Holdie)
These are the words of Holden’s mommy, Traci: “Holden did not get much time before he had to begin the fight of his life. He was diagnosed at 6 MONTHS of age with two types of cancer: Acute lymphoblastic leukiemia (ALL) and myeloid lymphoid leukemia (MLL) Gene rearrangement. The latter is a genetic cancer that reduced his survival rate to 50% – he was given a coin flip’s chance of surviving before he could even walk.”
“Holden endured all of the typical cancer treatments, as well as a clinical trial. He fought cancer for most of his first 3 years of life. But against all odds, his fighting spirit and many prayers resulted in him becoming a miracle.”
“Obviously, we will never be the same. There are parts you hate, like every time he gets sick, our stomachs flip. Fevers for him still trigger panic in us. That said, there are things you are truly thankful for. The countless amazing nurses, doctors, support/awareness organizations, and other patients and their families who were brought into our lives through cancer have left us feeling blessed beyond measure.”
“Holden’s last chemo treatment was administered in our home, surrounded by family and friends, on August 13, 2012.”
“Holden is now in kindergarten and is considered a long-term cancer survivor. For anyone that needs to know if miracles are possible, take a good look at Holden and know that they exist.”
Today’s run was 4 hours on rolling terrain. It was cold, windy and it rained quite a bit. Hour 1 was 6.0 miles. Hour 2 was 6.39 miles. Hour 3 was 6.42 miles and hour 4 was 6.21 miles.
Holdie, we had fun playing in the rain today, buddy.
Who will you meet tomorrow?