A premier 5k walk and run, the Race Against the Odds race series is carried in nine locations across the country and focuses on raising money in the pursuit of brain cancer research. One of the leading events of pediatric brain cancer research foundations nationally, Race Against the Odds Colorado will take place on September 15, 2013 at Spring Canyon Park in Ft. Collins, CO.
The first annual race is expected to draw hundreds in celebration and memory of Khylee Monson, a 5-year-old who passed away in 2010 from DIPG.
Khylee was the perfect mix of princess and tomboy. She loved dolls and dress-up, but on the other hand, loved hiking, camping, getting dirty and would never shy away from a snake.
On June 11, 2009, at the age of 4, her world was forever changed; Khylee was diagnosed with an inoperable and incurable tumor in her brainstem (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma or DIPG). She endured radiation and chemotherapy treatments, which allowed her to have a few more great months; including a trip to Disneyland courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation; her favorite ride was Pirates of the Caribbean.
Khylee courageously battled brain cancer for 10 months. She received her angel wings on April 14, 2010 at the age of 5. She has inspired people across the country to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer and she is just one of the many reasons why we will never stop searching for a cure.
Originally started in 2007 in tribute to 6-year-old Elena Desserich and her fight against brain cancer, The Cure Starts Now Foundation has funded over $1,000,000 in research, awareness and programs in just 6 short years. Its chapters now help families in 26 states and two countries. Its work and progress have been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Inside Edition, Marketwatch, Yahoo.com, People Magazine and media worldwide.
For more information on the race, please visit www.raceagainsttheodds.com
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