My name is Kelly Carr and I'm a 24-year-old female. In the fight against cancer I'm planning on running from my hometown, Fairbanks, to Anchorage, Alaska. The distance will total 360 miles.
Now you may be questioning my sanity at this point, and that's understandable. I would be, too. However, a certain person has always told me that I can do absolutely anything I put my mind to. That person is my father, my best friend, my rock, my everything. Quite possibly the most phenomenal and inspirational person I've ever met. My life has been turned upside down this year due to him being diagnosed in November with an extremely rare and aggressive cancer, intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. Sometimes words aren't enough to show someone how much you love them. So I decided to take action, and show him.
I've been an avid distance runner for about 7 years now, so naturally running seems like the thing to do. Running to me is therapy; it calms me, and centers me when everything else seems out of control. I understand that my father isn't the only fighter in this battle with cancer, so that's why I'm opening this up to you and your loved ones as well.
Anyone living day in and day out with this horrific disease deserves recognition. The people in remission deserve to be celebrated, as well as the people who have been taken from us too soon. The run will total 360 miles. For each milepost, I'm giving you the chance to dedicate one of those miles to a loved one, a spouse, a child, or even a friend who's been inflicted by cancer. I will post each dedication on my website the day that I run past the milepost that you request. In addition, I will run each dedicated mile with a picture of them pinned to my shirt, if you choose to supply me with one. You're also welcome to run with me at any given time throughout the journey, doesn't matter if I know you or not. The more support the better. People who battled cancer and lost are not forgotten, and never will be. And if they're still fighting, I'm fighting with them. If they're celebrating being in remission, I'll celebrate with them. We're all in this together, and no one should go unnoticed. Donations are greatly appreciated if you're specifically asking for a mile I'm running to be dedicated to a loved one, but aren't completely mandatory. All proceeds will go straight to the American Cancer Society for furthering the research and hopefully someday soon finding a cure.
In addition to me running, my sister, Molly Wood will be biking alongside me the entire way, documenting the trip through her photography company, M Wood Photography (She's now questioning her sanity, as well). Although our father was the root of this whole adventure, it spread and will hopefully continue to spread to you and your loved ones. From our heart to yours.
This Mile Is For You.
To support my effort, click on one of the buttons above to make a donation. No matter how small, or how large, it all makes a difference.
The race will commence July 20th. Milepost 360 is dedicated to Mette Russell, and Milepost 1 is dedicated to my father, Stephen Carr. All other milepost dedications should be requested and sent to my personal email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
(NOTE: This page was created Jan 31, 2013. Sadly, my father lost his battle with cancer on April 5, 2013. This however didn't sway me or make me want to cancel the event. In fact, it drove the run deeper into my heart. It gave me the best little gaurdian angel a girl could ask for on such an adventure - my Dad.)
It has been a beautiful fight. Still is.