Living Strong for Team Kate

 

 

This coming February, I'm running the 2013 LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon in honor of a brave young woman named Kate Voth. Kate epitomizes what it means to live strong and be a cancer fighter, and I am honored to run each mile in honor of Kate and her fight.

After having melanoma removed from her shoulder in 2004 and removed from her scalp in 2008, Kate was diagnosed with stage four melanoma in February 2009 when m
elanoma was found in her liver and right adrenal gland. She was 22 years old.

Now 26, Kate continues her relentless fight against cancer. The past four years have included five more diagnoses of melanoma (left adrenal gland, heart, sacrum, back and hip), a number of resection surgeries, biopsies and countless scans. After undergoing interferon, investigational treatments and radiation, Kate began her seventh cancer treatment, an oral chemotherapy called Zelboraf, in June 2012. This treatment was discontinued 6 months later, as it was not effective.

Melanoma currently remains in Kate's liver and left adrenal gland, and has just recently spread to her brain. In addition, cancer in her sacrum has resulted in a fracture of the bone, forcing her to avoid any high-impact activities, including her absolute passion: running. Doctors say it is a wildcard as to whether Kate's sacrum fracture will ever fully heal and, as a life-long runner who aspires to participate in ultra marathons, Kate finds her inability to run the most challenging part of her cancer fight yet.

It's easy to find reasons not to get out the door and run, but we should all remember that running is a privilege. If Kate can't run this one, I, along with the rest of Team Kate, am going to run it for her.
 
 

LIVESTRONG serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against this disease that is now the world's leading cause of death. LIVESTRONG has become a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer around the world.

 

The money I raise will go to support programs and services, which inspire and empower people affected by cancer. If you or someone you know is diagnosed, these resources will help face the challenges of cancer, head on, and live life on your own terms. LIVESTRONG.org/GetHelp

 

Please support me as I make a difference in the cancer fight through my participation in Team LIVESTRONG. Thank you!