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Runner Spotlight | Running for Dezma

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Ever wonder who’s standing next to you in your corral at the start line, or cheering you on when you’re about to give up during a race? As runners we all have a story, a motivation to run whether it’s a personal challenge, to stay fit, bond with friends, raise money for charity, or work through a difficult time.

Meet Lynda Flores, who is running her first half marathon at Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio on November 17th with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. “I was never a runner. My daughter was,” Lynda recalls. When her daughter Dezma was 10-years-old, she joined her elementary school’s running club and trained all year to compete in her first 1K. It was when she was unable to complete the event that symptoms of her leukemia first arose.

Dezma fought a long and hard 14 month battle with acute myeloid leukemia, undergoing chemotherapy, pokes, prods and procedures before she succumbed to the disease in March 2013. Lynda says, “One of the most upsetting things for me was the fact that she WAS STRONG enough to receive MORE TREATMENTS. There was just no solution that had been found for her disease.” After her daughter passed away, Lynda decided to join The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to honor Dezma’s memory and to raise awareness about the disease.

“Training for my first half marathon with Team in Training and raising funds for this cause has been an incredible and positive outlet for me to grieve and grow. We have raised much needed money for research for this awful disease.”

Lynda and 36 members of her running team are more than half way to their goal of $100,000, having raised $56,489.71 to date! If the goal is reached, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will link Dezma’s name to a research program for acute myeloid leukemia.

Click here to read Dezma’s story and make a direct donation to help Lynda and her team reach their goal!

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If you’re nearby, show your support by attending their upcoming BBQ Cook Off Fundraiser in Missouri City, Texas on October 26th, 2013.

This story is just one of many that brings motivation and support to members of the Rock ‘n’ Roll community. Share your personal story and you could be featured in our Runner Spotlight.