ReeseStrong 5k Recap

ReeseStrong strives to raise awareness of childhood cancer throughout the year. On September 13, 2014 they accomplished that by seeing hundreds of participants from their community and beyond come out to race at the 6th Annual ReeseStrong 5k & Gold Ribbon Kids Run. They gathered together, and had fun showing support for local families of children with cancer, and raising money for research. Huge, gigantic thanks to ReeseStrong and all their hard working volunteers that came out to help make this event a success.

Team Callen, with over 100 members, was crowned first place for largest team, followed by Savanna Smiles and Emmy's Army. Team Callen was also the #1 fundraising team. We'd like to thank everyone that came out and walked with us, or that donated to our team, we couldn't have done it without your support.

As far as the actual race went ... Scott Crow, who for the 2nd consecutive year, won the Reese's Cup with a first place time of 17 minutes 43 seconds. On the ladies side, Lauren Hopper was the first place female finisher with a time of 20 minutes 19 seconds. If you participated in this event and would like to see the race results you can do so at We hope everyone the participated had FUN! We know that we did. Thanks again.

Child's Play

During one of our recent chemo hospitalizations, Jim, Callen, Olivia and I sat down in the pediatric playroom for a round of Chutes and Ladders ™. The kids squealed with delight as Jim – who was frustratingly close to a win – was sent down a chute and back a good 20 squares, ensuring the game would go on (and on, and on, and on…!). “They ought to call this game leukemia”, Jim quipped: “you take a few steps forward, then get knocked back again”.

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Running to Stand Still

In just a few hours we will head downtown to begin our fourth inpatient admission for chemotherapy. The final two-weeks of interim maintenance are upon us! Having “been there, done that” now three other times, it makes no sense that I am up at 2 a.m. to ruminate. This is a particularly ill-timed bout of insomnia: given that the days in the hospital are long, and the nights interminable, I would do well to take advantage of a few more hours in my comfortable bed, dark room, and peaceful surroundings. But instead, here I sit - the first of many hot cups of coffee in hand – in quiet anticipation of what is to come.

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ReeseStrong 5K

We are running for Childhood Cancer Research!

Along with Savanna Anchell, Callen was selected as one of the two beneficiaries for the 6th Annual Reese Strong 5k and Gold Ribbon Kid's Run on Saturday September 13th at 8:30 AM.

If you would like to make a donation for Team Callen, please visit his fundraising page.

If you're thinking about running, or having your child join in the Kid's run, you may be interested in the course route.

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