AICR’s Cancer Fighter of the Month: Running Marathons

Tracy (on right) at the Chicago marathon

We hear so many inspiring stories here at AICR that we wanted to highlight some of the survivors, researchers, and others making a difference in cancer prevention and survivorship research. To kick off marathon season, our first AICR Cancer Fighter of the Month is a runner who became a part of TeamAICR five years ago.

In 2011, TeamAICR runners raised more than $65,000 for cancer research.

Tracy LosBañes was TeamAICR’s top individual fundraiser last year. Like many runners, Tracy came to AICR with a passion for running and, like most other runners, she has been touched by cancer: her father was diagnosed with cancer in 2007.

“I first decided to run for TeamAICR in 2007. At the time, dear family members were diagnosed with cancer. I had a goal to complete a Chicago Marathon and that year decided if I was going to run, it would be with a cancer charity where the money raised is going to really important research.”

Since completing that marathon, Tracy and her sister Micole have continued to run with TeamAICR. Unfortunately, as Tracy trained for the 2011 marathon, their father’s cancer returned.  A few weeks before the marathon he lost his battle. Tracy chose to honor her father by completing the marathon in his memory, raising donations for TeamAICR in his name.

We are deeply grateful for the support and extraordinary commitment from Tracy and her family, and from all TeamAICR members.

If you’d like to join this inspiring group and go the extra mile (or 26.2) for the fight against cancer, you have plenty of opportunities.  We are excited to announce that TeamAICR has slots in two new marathons in April: The Big Sur International Marathon and the Virgin London Marathon. We are also taking registrations for the Chicago and San Francisco marathon. To find out more and/or register, visit TeamAICR or contact events@aicr.org.


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