Running for a Reason

Because Bad Things Happen to Good People

A health coaching client, and friend, was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer. Her name is Lisa Craine, and she has been bravely battling this disease for 3 years. She has followed the medical protocol for treatment, as well as taking steps to help her body fight the tumors and heal itself.  But bile duct cancer is relatively rare, and treatment protocols are not well established.

Some of you know I started running last year, just to see if I could finish a half marathon. Running seems to have taken root, and I’m hooked.  Some of you also know that I lost my mother in 2006 to cancer that metastasized throughout her body. Caring for her in my home until she passed was a turning point in my life. After the pain and grief subsided, I knew I needed to take much better care of myself. That realization led to many lifestyle changes, especially diet changes, and eventually to running.

How are Lisa’s battle and my running connected? When I crossed the Nashville half marathon finish line last April, I knew that race wouldn’t be my last. Now I’m running in the Akron Roadrunner half marathon on behalf of Lisa and to raise money for research into the causes and treatment for *Cholangiocarcinoma (see below).

Since my diagnosis in 2010, our family has been on a journey that has had many peaks and valleys. I have had over 20 hours of surgery, four different chemotherapy regiments and three rounds of radiation. My cancer has returned 5 times in 8 different tumors. 
I often tell people I should not be here since the survival rates are so poor, but God has blessed me with time. Our faith continues to grow as we experience the beautiful love from above. Cancer is not a blessing, but there are many blessings that come with cancer: The outpouring of love through friends, relatives and strangers. The appreciation of each and every day. The contentment of just being, and so many more blessings.” Lisa Craine

Can you support me along 13.1 miles on September 28, and donate to Craine’s Crew? Any amount is appreciated, and each dollar adds up.
To donate, please click http://www.crowdrise.com/CrainesCrew-Akron2013/fundraiser/jenniferwegryn.

Thank you so much for your positive thoughts, prayers, and donations. It’s what keeps me pushing for the finish line, and keeps Lisa and her family feeling blessed.
Peace & Raw,
Jennifer

*Several factors have been linked to bile duct cancer, one of which is chemicals used in manufacturing rubber. Living most of my life in Northeast Ohio, and raising my family here, I am concerned about the link between environmental toxins and cancer. We need to research how to prevent and treat diseases that are related to the pollution of our nest, because it could happen to any of us, or to our children. For more information, visithttp://www.crainescancercure.org.

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