…76 Days Until Race Day
Today was for Caleb.
When Caleb was 6 years old, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
His treatment lasted 3 years and 3 months, but, this past December, on the 13th, Caleb rang the bell after his final treatment signifying that he is finished with treatment and officially in remission.
It’s amazing to see how grown up these children are, even at young ages. I’m convinced that cancer forces them to grow beyond their years. Case in point, Caleb is now 9-years-old and he wrote this to me when I asked him if I could dedicate a day of my training to him:
“I think it’s real cool you’re running so far, because I don’t get to run very much. My legs are weak from chemo, and my legs hurt real bad when I have to take steroids for my cancer treatment.
My hair has fallen out four times in three years from chemo. It always grows back, but different colors every time. I have missed a lot of school because my immune system is weak and I get sick pretty often.
Thank you for telling other people about this awful disease and for helping kids.
I hope I get to run with you when I am stronger, but maybe not this far. Good luck!” – Caleb
I know FOR SURE, that I wasn’t that well-spoken when I was 9.
Caleb, anytime you want to run with me, buddy, you just tell me when and where.
While I didn’t hit my goal time today, I did beat that time from 2 years ago…by A LOT. My finishing time today was 10 hours, 15 minutes, 38 seconds (10:15:38)…an improvement by over 2.5 hours.
So, Caleb, we pretty much knocked it out of the park, buddy. Thanks for being my wingman and for keeping me going today. Say hi to your mommy from me.
Thanks to Trish Snider Kline, Brian Anderson, Frank Medrano, Vickie Anderson, Erica Medrano, Jean Hofschulte and Becky Spaulding for crewing for me and keeping me moving. Oh, and Brian Anderson actually shared one of his donuts with me…it was a DIFFERENCE maker.
Who will you meet tomorrow?