Kate's Running for Sara
June 26, 2005
As some of you know, over the years I have raised thousands of dollars during the Shore Run/Walk that benefits Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. This year, Iíll be raising money for cancer during the run, except this time, I am raising money for the cancer treatment of my 8 year old hero, Sara Turley.
Eight-year-old Sara Turley is a strong gymnast and competitor. In October, 2004; she began her toughest challenge when she was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma (cancer). She has been treated at Childrenís Hospital for about 9 months, undergoing many sessions of chemotherapy. She recently underwent her most dramatic session of chemotherapy that destroyed most of her cells, both the good ones and the and bad ones. The treatment is so intense that her doctors gave her a new birthday.
This round of chemo specifically prepared Sara for her stem cell transplant that occurred in May. Since the transplant, her white blood counts are rising and she is healing from the effects of this treatment. Sara is now at home, still on an IV and is not yet ready to eat food.
What is next for Sara? She will have to endure radiation therapy and other forms of cancer treatment over the months ahead at the UW Medical Center, Childrenís and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Itís been a tough road and thereís more ahead but her spirit is positive and her will is strong. You can follow Saraís progress on her web site: http://www.turleyfamily.org/sara
As a person who has supported loved ones with cancer, Iíve found that some people just donít know what to do or say to those with this disease. ďHow are you?Ē seems so trite. Right now, I donít know what to do for my little friend, other than pray, stay in touch the best way that I can, and run for her. Will you help me support Sara in this run?
You can send your check to me at:
2956 South Frontenac Street
Seattle, WA 98108
Please make it payable to Paul and Sherri Turley. If you would like me to pick up your donation, Iím happy to do it.
OR If you would rather donate directly to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research (and have your company match your donation!), I would be more than happy to collect this donation as well. Please make your check payable to FHCR or Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research and mail it to me.
The race is Sunday, June 26. If you would like to join me on this run or cheer me on here are the details: http://www.ontherun.com/shorerun
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