I am personally dedicating 2020 to a young boy by the name of Luke Challen and his beautiful family. Although a brain tumor took Luke from this earth way too soon, the impact he made will last forever! His smile was contagious, his heart was kind and his attitude towards everything he endured was nothing short of amazing.
Below is an exerpt from a quote his mother wrote:
"Luke passed away in 2012. He was 4 years old, and a lifetime ahead of his age. The love he had for everyone was beautiful. His gentleness and smile, his eyes...... he loved others with his entire being. He was special. So many doctors at each of the hospitals said, “we don’t have favorites, but we do with Luke! They would request him. They requested him, because he had a heart of gold, embracing love and life. In the worst situations, Luke just simply made you believe it was all going to be okay. He lifted me up everyday, helping me see the beauty in life. He taught me that life is a gift, and those placed in our lives are gifts. To never stop living......today he continues to touch others lives, to live through us and the kids. His story goes on.... what a beautiful boy he was. As we reflect on Luke’s short life, I encourage everyone who is reading this post, to simply tell your kids you love them, and be grateful for the beautiful life you live. Luke, we love you more than we can ever say. There are no words to express the love I have for you, Luke. Precious Angel!!! "
Luke IS a precious angel, and how could I pass up an opportunity to run in memory of such an angel. In Luke's memory, I am also raising awareness and donations for CBTF in my training for the Chicago Marathon this year. All donations go directly to Children's Brain Tumor Foundation.
CBTF is proud to be in our inaugural year as a charity partner with the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
October 11th, 2020
The mission of CBTF is to improve the treatment, quality of life and the long-term outlook for children with brain and spinal cord tumors through research, support, education, and advocacy to families and survivors. CBTF is the national leader in Quality of Life services to children, families, and survivors of pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors. They work across the country to help families who are facing brain or spinal cord tumor diagnosis and work closely with survivors through young adulthood – because everyone deserves a meaningful and productive life. They host summer camps, weekend gatherings, and online chats and meetings, among many other efforts. They also support research into the causes and treatments of brain tumors – all with a goal of providing real answers and genuine hope.