My mother, Judy Rieschick, is a 15 year breast cancer survivor! I race in celebration of her! With every step I take at the race, I am grateful that God spared her life! Her faith, grace, and strength still continues to teach me how I should live my life.
I also race in celebration of my Grandmother, who lost her mom at the age of 14 to breast cancer. I hear her stories of not wanting to go to school at her young, tender age, in fear that her mom would pass away while she was gone. I think about the scary memories that must have come flooding back when my own Mother had to tell her Mom that she had cancer. I race in memory of my Great-Grandmother, Pearl Childress.
I also race in memory of Lynn Scott, one of my Mom’s best friends. They fought cancer together around the same time. Lynn lost her life and left behind 3 precious daughters. I race for the girls and for their Mom.
I have said before that if you are healthy and have the physical ability, that no girl or woman should lie in bed on the morning of the race! For those who can’t walk or run, I walk for them. Each face is so inspiring and I can’t imagine missing such an uplifting moment!
While I race I pray for a cure……and will keep praying until breast cancer is no longer taking lives!