I was inspired to participate in the Inaugural 4k for Cancer Run in 2013 by my dad, Ralph LaBarge.
My dad was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2009 when I was a senior in high school. He went through a year of standard chemo and radiation, and went into remission.
After that year my family started to fall back into our normal lives, and for almost four years, cancer didn’t really cross my mind.
The summer of 2012 before my senior year of college, we found out that my dad’s cancer had metastasized to the lining of his stomach and was now Stage 4.
He went through intense surgery, a 6 week hospital stay, and 8 rounds of chemo over the next 10 months.
After this reoccurrence, I knew that cancer was always going to be a part of my life and I needed to find some way to make this experience positive in some small way for me and my family.