Friday, May 16, 2008

Race For The Cure

Husband runs 5K races. This Saturday, May 17th Husband will run the Columbus Race for the Cure 5K. This race is special because Husband first started running it in celebration of his Grandmother, who beat breast cancer in 1969, a time when many people weren’t expected to survive the disease. Currently, Husband runs in memory of Grandmother. This year, we have another reason to run Race For The Cure.

Her name was Lis Kristof.

I knew Lis through the Mighty Mite Small Dog Sports Forum. She did agility with her dogs Kissy and Diva. And she fought breast cancer for the last eight years. On April 14, 2008 She told us:
Last Tuesday I was admitted to hospital, for eight years I have fought breast cancer. I have been diagnosed now with AML Leukemia and have been given approximately three weeks to spend on this wonderful earth. I have chosen not to do any more chemo as I believe I have received and given all this life has to give and take.With the help of my dear friends in Dallas we were able to talk the Dr's into spring me out of hospital today. Tomorrow at the Dallas Agility Working Group's trial I will run my darling Chinese Crested Diva for the last time - it wont be pretty, no one will be able to guess who's handling style I will use and I don't even know myself - just staying on my feet will be an achievement and to run with my very best friend and to be among friends will be enough to give me the energy I need to get through the day.I am thrilled I will also get to watch the veterans parade and to pay tribute one last time to all the great dogs that have helped form this sport that I so love.If you want to do anything for me pray that Diva and I can achieve a super Q, it is all we need to become ADCH [Agility Dog Champion] together, but even if we don't get it - I know I am blessed to share what time I have with my dogs and my friends.

She did it.

Lis passed away May 6th. I will be at Race For The Cure this Saturday in Lis’s memory. While I am there I will remember the rest of what she said to her Mighty Mite family:
Many thanks for all your love and support over the years, I am indeed one of the lucky ones that get to say thanks in 'person' before my time.
Remember this weekend to enjoy your friends, dogs and should success come, enjoy and embrace it, if it doesn't never forgot the love of this game and the friendships we have forged. Thanks to everyone who helped me with my journey I sure do appreciate you all.
Run Fast, Run Happy
Run Fast, Run Happy Lis. You will be missed.

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