As many of you know I started running because one of my students, Michael, was battling leukemia and I wanted to do something to help. I ran the New Jersey Marathon in 2005 with Team and Training and raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Since that race I have been hooked, not only on running but also on running for those who can’t. Michael lost his battle on February 24, 2006. Too many children are battling cancer and it breaks my heart to see what they and their families have to go through.
I started following one brave little guy’s battle with cancer on Facebook. His name is Braeden, he is 6 years old and he has an inoperable brain tumor. He about to finish up 15 months of chemotherapy treatments. I have become friends with Braeden’s mom, Colleen, and thought you might like to know more about this tough momma who is raising an amazingly brave son.
Here is Colleen’s running questionnaire:
1. My name is Colleen Flood. I am 37 years old, will be 38 in May. I have 3 boys; 6, 8, and 15. I am happily divorced and in a serious relationship with my current boyfriend, Brian for 5 years now. I am an X-Ray Technician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. I work in the Operating Room for the Vascular Surgeons. I live in Mayfair, and I am actually six classes shy of my bachelor’s degree at Widener University.
2. I started running in the 8th grade at St. Leo School (1990). I then ran for four years for Nazareth Academy (1990-1994). I began running because my dad was the track coach at St. Leo’s and I always enjoyed it. I started out as a sprinter (100m) but by high school, I became an avid distance runner.
3. I am currently training for the Broad Street Run, hopefully I get picked in the lottery. I am also training for the Wild Half (half marathon) in Wildwood, New Jersey on May 18, 2014.
4. My goal for Broad Street is 1:20 and my goal for the half marathon is 1:50.
5. Before the Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half Marathon in September 2013, I only raced 5K’s and a few 5 milers. My favorite 5K is the Father Judge Crusader Classic 5K usually held in October every year. My son is currently a freshman at the school, so it took on a whole new meaning for me. I also like to run the Leprechaun 5 Miler in March in honor of the Special Olympics.
6. Training for me is difficult because of my full time job as an X-Ray tech and full time job as a mom. The boy’s schedule have me running around all of the time. My youngest son is currently being treated for brain cancer so he has chemotherapy on an outpatient basis at CHOP. This happens on Thursdays so I try to fit my runs in when I can.
7. I do run with music, even despite being told not to when I am outside, lol. Songs help me focus and keep me going when I want to stop. My all time favorite song to run to is Two Step by Dave Matthews Band (live version).
8. My favorite piece of running gear is my Neon Green Garmin Watch, Love it!!
9. The thing I love most about running is how it relieves stress, no matter what is going on in your life, it is a release. It has helped me tremendously after my son was diagnosed with cancer. It was my get away, almost like running away for a short period of time. But, it allowed me to clear my head and come back with a new strength.
I would like to promote the spread of awareness for Brain Tumor/Cancer awareness in support of all of the warriors currently battling, for all of the survivors, and also for all of the ones that lost their battle, Please follow my son’s Facebook page: Pray for Brae. And remember … NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE!!!