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Kristen Ran To Fight Against Cancer & Start Living Life Again!

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“Three weeks after my 30th birthday, I heard 3 words that changed my life forever: YOU HAVE CANCER.” Melanoma struck Kristen during the prime of her life & for the next 2 years she struggled to feel normal and lost her workout routine.

That’s when Kristen got involved with and started meeting fellow survivors, many of them runners. “A new fire sparked within me and I realized I owed it to myself to get back out there and start living life!” So, in 2013 Kristen challenged herself to12 races. Kristen did all 12 and capped them off with her first half marathon. “Cancer may have interrupted my life and my health, but running gave me an outlet to feel like ME again.”

That’s when Kristen’s love for running erupted! In 2014 she accomplished her 14-race goal, including 7 more half marathons! She posted a facebook photo for every run, dedicating all her miles to important people in her life, often friends battling cancer or those she’d lost to cancer. “I decked out the back of my race shirts with my favorite cancer organization logos to honor my cancer family, spread awareness & celebrate my survivorship.”

Kristen sums up her experience, “Running has taught me I am strong and how to push myself physically, mentally & emotionally to reach my goals. Just like cancer, running has taught me that I am a survivor!”

• In all, Kristen ran 26 races to fight against cancer
• The mission of Stupidcancer is to build community, improve quality of life, and provide meaningful survivorship
• Check out to empower those affected by young adult cancer

Blue Star Mothers Shining Strong for Our Troops!

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Terry is chapter president of the Oregon Blue Star Mothers who have tirelessly supported the military, their families and our veterans since 1942.

Terry got started with Blue Star Mothers when her son joined the Navy in 1996, “Alone as a single parent, I found the national Blue Star Mothers group online for support. Then, in 2008 some local moms started a chapter in my area and the rest is history!”

“We send care packages to the troops and raise funds with events like our Run for the Fallen, a 5K in Clackamas honoring our fallen heroes. Those care packages really mean a lot once in the hands of our deployed soldiers.” Those care packages contain goods like candy, cookies, tuna, sports cards, and footballs. Terry adds, “We have a list on our website if you’d like to help out.”

We met Terry at the Portland Road Runner Sports where she was participating in our Run Like a Girl Event. Terry wears Nikes and her favorite place to walk is the Oregon coast line. “The more active I am the better I feel.”

Next for Terry and her Blue Star Mothers chapter is designing and building a memorial refuge at the Willamette National Cemetery for peaceful reflection on the many sacrifices made by our brave service men and women.

• Terry’s favorite shoes are Nikes
• In one year, Blue Star Mothers sent 74,123 care packages to members of the Armed Forces, giving more than 250,000 military personnel a little bit of love from home
• Check out Blue Star Mothers at

Cam & Zan Go Coast to Coast for Kids!

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Last summer Cameron Coupe and Zan Roman walked 3000 miles from Seattle to New York City to raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital. The goal was $10,000 and all of the money the 19-year-olds raised was donated to Autism Research and the Uncompensated Care Fund at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The dynamic duo was on the road for 165 days, from May ‘til October. Now that’s commitment!

During the cross-country odyssey Cam and Zan slept in tents roughly 132 nights and travelled with stroller-like carts toting tents, gear, and supplies. Other nights, Cam and Zan were treated to beds, home-cooked meals, restaurants, and local attractions by volunteer families. During much-needed reprieves from the road, Cam and Zan checked out a petrified wood park, the world’s largest chair, a Chicago Cubs game, a science museum, and even a Paul McCartney concert in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The cause was one close to the heart as affected members of Cam & Zan’s families helped inspire their mission. Their mission was to walk coast to coast to promote action, perseverance, and life. To benefit an organization in their home state, see their nation one step at a time, and positively affect the lives of others. Mission accomplished!

• Cam & Zan averaged 17 miles a day for nearly 6 months!
• Some days they travelled as many as 37 miles!
• Read all about this amazing journey on Cam & Zan’s Facebook page>

Being Part of Team Hernandez Is Awesome!

image1“I’m Tina and it all began when our 11- and 7-year-olds, Elena and Lucas, joined the school track team and my husband Daniel started coaching. The first time we ran with the kids, we loved it! We saw how exhilarated they were, and how awesome it felt to be part of a team.”

Who’s fastest in the family? “I am!” says 7-year old Lucas who qualified for the USATF Cross Country Nationals in South Carolina. Lucas and his father Danny, Grandpa Nick, and Uncle John all made the road trip together to cheer on Lucas down in South Carolina!

While Lucas competes to win, his big sister 11-year-old Elena believes that, “Staying fit and healthy is the best reward of running.” Their parents, Tina and Danny should be proud. Tina explains, “I feel running as a family sets an example for the kids that we as parents practice health and fitness.”

Tina and Danny have been putting in some serious work! They chose a Ragnar Relay as a get-away together with a team of friends, Tina relates, “Ragnar was one of the coolest experiences I’ve had. With all our friends it was like a big party but also, pushing through the physical challenge was truly exhilarating!”
Danny adds, “Ragnar was truly gratifying to see what both the team and individual runner can accomplish together.

If you want a running family too, take Elena’s advice, “Start slowly and work your way up to build endurance. Have fun and encourage each other!” The family all agrees “Have fun and be proud of what you can accomplish!”

  • Danny, Tina, Elena, and Lucas have done 4 races as a family!
  • Parents Danny & Tina are training for the Trenton ½ and the New Hampshire Ragnar Relay.

Meet the Amazing 56 Marathon Strong Stewart Family!


Sole Stories about running, walking & fitness: Stewart Family

Some families depend on each other to grow and survive, the Stewart family depends on running to nurture and unify their family. Claradene Stewart explains, “It was my daughter, Tami, who challenged my husband, Wayne, and I to run our first race. She urged us to tackle the Moab Half-Marathon and then the St. George Marathon.”

Anything worthwhile takes time especially being a working Mom and running marathons. “Wayne finished both as planned! I did the half-marathon, but was reluctant to try a full marathon because I was working full-time and had four children still at home.”

Daughter Tami kept pushing Claradene and it paid off, “The next year when I was 53-years-old, I finally ran my first marathon. I was able to finish in 4:48 by using the Jeff Galloway Method to walk a minute every 5 minutes. After mile 18, I started passing people and finished strong!”

If you combine The Stewart’s marathon mileage you could go from Kansas to California! “We — as a family — have run 56 marathons! Plus, I finished the Boston Marathon for the fourth time this past April, three days after my 65th birthday! We believe running keeps us young and alive.”

  • 56 marathons = 1,467.2 miles roughly the distance from Kansas to California!
  • To qualify for Boston as a 60-64 year old, Claradene ran better than an average pace of 10 minute 11 seconds per mile!

Taylor “Does a Wheelie” Through A Tough Situation!

Athletes Helping Athletes, Road Runner Sports, and YOU have teamed up since 2000 to help kids with disabilities by giving them handcycles free of charge.  972 to date! Truly, you’ve changed their worlds! Thank you.

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Meet AHA Featured Hero Taylor

When you first meet Taylor you see a sweet 7-year old girl with long, curly, blonde hair and a smile that brightens any room. Then she gets a mischevious look in her big blue eyes and says, “Watch me do a wheelie!”

To say Taylor loves her new handcycle is an understatement. “I love to ride it because I go very fast in it!” she says.

For Taylor, going fast means being free. She hasn’t always been in a wheelchair. Two years ago, she was in an auto accident that left her paralyzed from the chest down.

Her father says it’s been very difficult the past two years. But he admits, “Honestly, the one handling it the best is Taylor.”

Looking to the future, Taylor says she wants to help other injured people walk again. But, she also has another passion. “I like snakes,” she says. “But, people at school say I shouldn’t because I’m a girl.” She doesn’t let that get her down. “I like them anyway.”

What Taylor likes

Favorite subject: Math (Recess & Lunch too!)

Favorite Sports: Rugby Thumb-wrestling

Favorite Food: Chicken Noodle Soup

Favorite Animals: Bunnies & Dogs

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Endless Possibilities for Multi-Talented Mikale!

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Meet AHA Featured Hero Mikale

When you first meet Mikale you see a quiet, well-mannered, intelligent 8-year-old boy. But after a few minutes, you see a dare-devil spark in his eyes as his proud father asks him to demonstrate how far he can skid in his wheelchair.

To say Mikale loves his new handcycle is to put it mildly. “I love it because I can ride with my sister and my family now,” he says.

For Mikale, riding with his family means being free. Having been born with Spina Bifida and hip dysplasia, he’s never walked on his own. But, things are looking up since Mikale received his handcycle.

Looking to the future, Mikale says he’s not sure what he wants to be. Then he thinks about it for a minute and says, “I want to be a veterinarian.” He pauses, “And a rugby player.” Another pause. “And a basketball player. And I think that’s it.” Now that Mikale’s gotten a taste of freedom, there’s no limit for him.

“Thank you! Now I can ride with my family and go fast!” Mikale age 8

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Match Joey With Any Sport and Watch Him Excel!

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Meet AHA Featured Hero Joey

As soon as you meet Joey, you can tell he loves riding his new AHA bike. In fact, he was eager to show off his skills during the photo shoot! When asked if he brings it to school or allows his sister, Lauren to borrow it, he shakes his head firmly—no!

“Oh no, I really love my bike and don’t want it to break so I make sure to take really good care of it,” Joey says. Wise words for an 8-year-old boy.

Despite being born with Spina Bifida, Joey has never let his disability deter his love of sports. He’s raced with Challenged Athletes and learned to play basketball and rugby at San Diego Adaptive Sport’s summer camp.

Looking ahead, Joey is excited to be able to participate in even more sports, and hopes to learn to play tennis this summer. Joey is a definite force to be reckoned with and is sure to benefit from all the opportunities his new handcycle will continue to provide!

“Thank you, AHA! Now I can race my sister and WIN” Joey, age 8

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For Maximum Speed Just Add Cody!

Athletes Helping Athletes, Road Runner Sports, and YOU have teamed up since 2000 to help kids with disabilities by giving them handcycles free of charge.  972 to date! Truly, you’ve changed their worlds! Thank you.

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Meet AHA Featured Hero Cody

“Catch Cody if you can” was the phrase-of-the-day at this year’s AHA photo shoot. And boy-o-boy was he hard to catch! Cody, who’s just 5 years old, definitely doesn’t let life slow him down – or his prosthetic. Passersby did double-takes when he zoomed past on his blade, his prosthetic foot, or on his AHA handcycle – he was fast no matter what!

Losing his right leg above the knee at only 7 months old, Cody was born with a very rare deficiency of the tibia, or shin bone, called tibial hemimelia. “Yet with all the challenges my son faced so early on in his life, his smile never left his face,” said Dana, Cody’s mom. She’s right: his smile is truly contagious!

Cody’s love of going fast began when he received his first bike at the ripe old age of one-year-old from last year’s AHA Hero, Joey. Joey met Cody at a local sporting event and in the spirit of paying-it-forward, gave his outgrown tricycle to Cody. Mom said after that, Cody was hooked on going “cheetah fast,” so they soon applied to AHA for a bigger, faster handcycle.

And the rest, as they say, is history. “Now we go to Miramar Lake together and he races me around the 5-mile loop on his new bike and he’s already making plans with his friends to ride bikes, too,” Dana said with a big smile. Stay tuned – Cody’s going places FAST!

Cody’s Favorite Things

Food: steamed spinach. “It makes me strong like my Uncle Apollo and Uncle Nick!”

Sports: Soccer, T-Ball, Running, and, of course, now Biking!

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Julia Smiles Like Sunshine While Defying the Odds!

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Meet AHA Featured Hero Julia

Julia is pure sunshine in a 7 year-old’s body.

Her mom, Holly, describes her as having “this smile that is never forgotten.” And it’s true. When you meet Julia, all you see is this great, big, beaming smile at the center of her being. Her eyes sparkle through her dark-framed glasses as she supports herself with bright purple crutches that match her bright purple wheelchair.

Julia was born with Spina Bifida and had zero movement in her legs. Despite being told she’d never walk, she took her first steps at age two with the aid of a walker. By age six, she traded in her walker for crutches and now only uses her wheelchair for long distances.

Holly says that although “Julia’s physical abilities make life a challenge, she is always smiling and loves life!” And while she loves to play Barbie (she has a “million of them”), sing and play guitar at church, and go on family camping trips, Julia’s super excited about using her new handcycle to go fast with her little brother and all her cousins.

Julia’s also happy that she can ride at the park near her grandmother’s house. “Now Nana can ride with me, too!” she says with her biggest smile yet. You can bet Julia will be going faster than her whole family in no time!

Julia’s Favorite Things

Food: Chicken Nuggets with BBQ Sauce


Fun Time:Playing With Barbies, Swimming, Family Camping, and now Biking!

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