When I asked for people to dedicate a day of running to Tess Fraser was instantly asking if I could run for her mother. I did not have the privilege of meeting Tess' mom but judging from the woman she raised she had to have been a great woman!
"This is my favorite picture of me and her. It was at my baby shower when I was pregnant with Patrick. Such a fun time for both of us. 14 months after this picture she was diagnosed and gone 8 months later. I’ve met many others on this journey that I honor through advocacy, but this beauty is my true “why” 💙"
Tess has not only been a true advocate for those fighting colorectal cancer but an amazing friend to my cousin and supporter of this run. It is a true honor to recognize both of these amazing women!
This entire run is for my cousin Kevin Hays obviously, but a few of the days I am out here I want to run for some other people that have made an impact in my life and those that have supported this event. All three of these individuals have also fought colorectal cancer in some way.
Today I am dedicating to my Aunt Roni! Roni was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at the same age as Kevin, just 28 but beat it. She still suffered from the procedures and had to maintain a colostomy for the remainder of her life but never once did she speak to me about this!
Roni was a strong woman, and always great with me and my daughter, but most importantly she had a strong impact on my Uncle Mark. She truly brought out the best in him the entire time they were together.
Roni passed away on the same day as my first Spartan Race. Because of this every time I run any race I think of her. Today I am proud to say that I am running for her and I hope she gives me a little extra strength today!