Today I am going to 'introduce' you to Renae's mom, Barb.
(Here is an picture of Barb in 1955) Renae and I met when I was just 4 years old and we lived just a house apart until after we graduated from high school. During those growing up years, Renae's family was like my own. I spent almost as much time at her house as I did my own. I went on many of their camping trips and Renae came with my family every summer for several visits to our cabin. I know part of who I am today is because of the influence she had in my life.
Fast forward now to this picture taken in 1999. It is Renae and I and our moms. (I'm sitting with Barb and Renae is by my mom). It will be the last picture that I have of myself with Barb. At this point she was not doing well, and doctors couldn't quite figure out exactly what was wrong. In March of 2000, Barb passed away and it was determined that she had died of lymphoma that had gone undetected.
And so I run in honor and memory of my second mom - Barb.
I run in the hopes that with added research there will be easier ways to detect and cure Lymphoma and Leukemia. I run because I think she would be proud of me and I know that she'll be there with me in spirit as I cross the finish line, cheering me on. Thanks, Mom.
(Barb- November 1999, just 4 months before she passed away.)
Until Next Time....