Team in Training

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

For the past four months, I've been training for a marathon and raising money for two local boys with Leukemia.

The Virginia Beach Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon was the end of my battle, but, that's not the beginning of the story.

Seven-year-old Kelly Coffman and five-year-old George Reid were diagnosed with Leukemia, just days apart, in January.

"I don't like being in the hospital very much Why not? Cause it's not fun," George Reid says.

I joined the battle in May, raising $1,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. While I was training for the marathon George and Kelly were fighting for their lives, since then we've all come a long way.

When I started this, I'd never run more than three miles. Now, I've run more than 230.., .and believe me, it wasn't always easy, but, Kelly and George kept me going.

Hearing people I don't even know cheer for me was one of the best feelings.

We passed probably thousands of people, the first eight miles were pretty easy, the next couple I could'a done without, but running down the boardwalk to the finish line was a great feeling.

We finished in two hours and five minutes, a time I could be proud of.

For Kelly and George the finish line is years down the road.

Both Kelly and George are in remission. They're still undergoing chemotherapy and Kelly will have a bone marrow transplant this fall.

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