50 miles for Colton

50 miles for Colton

From Shana Light

Colton Farrell was diagnosed with a type of malignant brain tumor called a medulloblastoma & has been hospitalized since November, undergoing painful and difficult treatment. I'm running 50 miles for him and his family.

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Update #14

3 months ago

Well, I did it. I ran 50 miles high in the mountains. It took me a little longer than expected, but I got it done. And this fundraiser was a huge success. We raised over $3000 for Colton and his family. Nice work! I'll post pictures from the race on Facebook and Instagram since it's hard to post more than one at a time here. Check them out! Thank you all so much for your support.

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As an RN in a small town, you often care for people you know personally and sometimes bad things happen to the people you love. It’s never been as close to home or as scary as in November when we sent Colton down to the hospital for an MRI, which ultimately led to the diagnosis of the brain tumor, the Flight for Life to Children’s and the months of treatment and suffering that have followed. Through this, his family has had to stay several hours away from their home and has lost a lot of work.  His little brother has had to adapt to long periods of not seeing his mom, who has needed to stay at his brother's side.  I can’t take away their pain but maybe I can help aleviate some of the financial burden and raise awareness.

I will run the San Juan Solstice 50 Mile Ultra Race in honor of Colton on June 23, 2018 in Lake City, CO.  Info about the race can be found at www.sjs50.com and on their facebook page.  This is a 50 mile trail race through the San Juan Mountains.  It will be difficult.  All money donated through this fundraiser will go to Colton and his family to use for expenses.  My sincere hope is that through running this race for him, we will all continue to keep him in our thoughts and to picture him healthy and happy on the other side of this terrible disease.

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Shana Light posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #16

Well, I did it. I ran 50 miles high in the mountains. It took me a little longer than expected, but I got it done. And this fundraiser was a huge success. We raised over $3000 for Colton and his family. Nice work! I'll post pictures from the race on Facebook and Instagram since it's hard to post more than one at a time here. Check them out! Thank you all so much for your support.

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3 months ago

Update #14

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to the fundraiser. Tomorrow is the day. I'll run 50 miles with 12,000 feet of elevation gain in the San Juan Solstice race outside of Lake City, CO. The race starts at 5 am and I will probably run for 12-15 hours. Kyle and the kids will be there to cheer for me at the finish line, as will several good friends. I'll be thinking of Colton and his family, and of another strong, grieving friend. Some trials in life are harder than running any distance. Thank you all so much for your support.

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Shana Light posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #13

I'm smiling because Colton's last MRI showed really good results. He's done with chemo and will be coming home in the next few weeks. He will need to work hard to be able to walk with a steady gate and will have other struggles ahead of him. He will also need frequent testing, which they will have to go back to Denver for. But things are looking up for him!
As for training for the race, this weekend I ran two of my last long runs before the San Juan Solstice 50 Mile Ultra, which will be in less than four weeks. I ran almost 18 miles Saturday with 4,000 feet of elevation gain and 15 miles today. Looking forward to running this race for Colton!
Only a few more weeks to donate, so pitch in or spread the word! Thanks so much for your support!

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Shana Light posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #12

Just because cancer sucks doesn't mean you have to totally lose your sense of humor. Colton and Torin stopped by to play a little before they head back to Denver next week for another chemo treatment. Colton looked pretty silly with a bucket on his head. I love this kid and his giggles.

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5 months ago

Update #11

Only 72 days left until I have to run 50 miles and climb 12,000 feet on mountain trails through creeks and exposed high alpine terrain. Please consider donating to the fundraiser today! These guys could really use your help. It was so nice to see them in their natural habitat (the Kreiling's yard) a few weeks ago. They are in the home stretch with only one more difficult chemo treatment coming up in a few days. This one is going to be very very hard and they are not out of the weeds yet, but Colton is responding to treatment and the family has been able to spend a few days at home here and there between trips to Denver for lab work and treatment. Next week it’s back to Children’s for a while for one of the most difficult legs of this journey. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to those of you who have donated. They appreciate it more than you could know.

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Shana Light posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #10

This is one way to train for the San Juan Solstice 50 Mile Ultra Race. A lap on Mount Glory on the top of Teton Pass is nothing to sneeze at. #50milesforColton

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Shana Light posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #9

Every time I run on trails around Carbondale, I look past Sopris and up the Crystal River Valley towards home. Sometimes, I spend so much time looking back the valley that majestic Mount Sopris disappears into the periphery. I picture our neighborhood, with our amazing sense of community. I picture Chair Mountain looming over our house, our scary highway, our ever-changing river and the miles and miles of rough-hewn trails that no one seems to enjoy quite as much as me (and maybe Grommet). But mostly I feel grateful for the people that have made it home. When I first moved way out there, we had no Internet service (dial-up does not count), there is still no cell service and I didn’t know anyone except Kyle. I felt a little isolated. There were some odd people that weren’t very nice to me. Slowly over time, I got to know the people that were already there, but who were a little harder to get to know because they are wonderful and private people who are some of the most genuine I have ever met. The oddest of the odd people moved on and young families moved in. Nicole, Kevin and Colton (Torin hadn’t been born yet) settled into the house at the end of the road and it was like we had always known each other. The boys played while Nicole and I reveled in the beauty of our surrounds sipping cup after cup of strong coffee, or Kevin and I bullshitted about the nuances of working in the Roaring Fork Valley from our differing and yet similar perspectives (he’s a farrier and I’m a nurse, but we both see a lot of the good and the bad of the ways things work around here), or we just watched the kids and wondered what the future would hold. I would argue that I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, but it is our little community that truly makes this home. I’m missing the Farrell’s so much these days.

**The picture is from three years ago today. The Crystal River Valley is in the little notch in the topography to the right of Mount Sopris.**

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Shana Light posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #8

Colton's doing a lot better today and they are trying to move him out of the PICU and back to the oncology floor, but they think one of the problems is something called typhlitis (inflammation of part of the intestine called the cecum), so they are going to give him all of his nutrition by IV for a while and nothing orally, which will allow for bowel rest. Keep sending your love!

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Shana Light posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #7

Colton's having a hard go of it these last couple days. He's sick and has lot's of pain. He's back in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Send him and his family lots of love.

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Shana Light posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #6

Thanks so much to everyone who has supported Colton and his family. It's a long, hard road and the support of our community is one of the things that keeps them hopeful and strong. We've hit 25% of our goal. If you have been meaning to donate but haven't yet, now would be a great time to do so. Let's help make it possible for them to focus on healing, rather than worrying about how they can pay the bills. And keep sending them love and positive thoughts. I picture Colton back at the lemonade stand next Summer (with slightly less hair), well on the road to recovery.

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Shana Light posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #5

Shhh. Don't tell Colton yet because it won't arrive in the mail for a few days, but we are sending him this picture of him pulling Liam through deep snow to remind him how strong he is.

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Shana Light posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #4

Training for a 50 mile run is probably more fun than running 50 miles. Gorgeous out here. Thinking of you, Colton. Maybe we can hike up here together in the summer.

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Shana Light posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #3

Early morning training run. It was 4º but the scenery was lovely. Can't let June sneak up on me or those 50 miles won't go very well. Thinking of you, Colton. #50milesforColton

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Shana Light posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #2

We've reached 10% of our goal. Thanks so much to those who have donated!

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