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!