26.2 Miles for Aunt Lori

26.2 Miles for Aunt Lori

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My Aunt Lori lost her fight with childhood leukemia at 10-years-old. If she can fight cancer for 8 years, I can run a marathon. Help me find a cure for pediatric cancer!

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Lori Lynn Faulkner was born on August 9th, 1966. Two months before her 3rd birthday, Lori was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). She soon lost all of her long curls, and began the fight of her life. For eight years she fought, her parents and 4 older siblings by her side. On June 28th, 1977, her valiant fight ended. She was 10-years-old.

It's amazing how little childhood cancer has changed today, some 36 years after Lori's passing. Today, 263,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year around the world - that is 720 families per day told their child has cancer. Each day, 250 of those kids will die.

Cancer does not discriminate based on ethnic group, socioeconomic status, or geographic area. Pediatric cancer can affect any child, any where, at any time - just like Lori. Despite this, childhood cancer research remains chronically and persistantly underfunded.

Did you know that of all the money the federal government commits to cancer research each year, only 4% goes to kids?

Did you know that for every dollar donated to the American Cancer Society, they dedicate ONE PENNY to pediatric cancer research?

Did you know that the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society dedicate 2 PENNIES for childhood cancer research for each dollar of public support?

It's not right.

Eight years after Lori's death, I was born. She is my namesake and my inspiration. She is also the motivation behind why I am running the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon on June 1st.

Please support my run and donate. All money earned will be donated to The Ronan Thompson Foundation. Ronan died just shy of his 4th birthday from a deadly childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma. Although it's not the same cancer my Aunt Lori had, it's the same story - the same struggle against the same beast: Pediatric Cancer. Ronan's mother Maya is an outspoken advocate for pediatric cancer research, and an outspoken critic of the lack of awareness and funding for childhood cancers world wide. Her blog chronicling Ronan's illness and the aftermath of his death has changed my life and the way I view the world. I encourage you to start from the beginning and read it for yourself at rockstarronan.com. Ronan's journey also inspired the song from Taylor Swift, "Ronan."

Please support my campaign and help me bring awareness to pediatric cancer. Because kids get cancer, too.

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