JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Most of us will do well to roll out of bed tomorrow morning after a day of eating and football. Ultra-runner Lisa Smith-Batchen will go to war with cancer by running from Jackson Hole to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City—some 300 miles. She leaves at 7am tomorrow from St. John’s Medical Center if you’re up for joining alongside for a bit (she encourages it).
Smith-Batchen lost her mother, Dorothy Smith, to cancer last year on November 28, and that’s the day she intends to arrive at the institute.
“It was a very difficult time in our life. My mother left a legacy that stemmed from love, hard work, doing for others and lived in the moments of life better than anyone I have ever known,” Smith-Batchen says. “My mother lived each day of her life with fierce purpose. Faced with four different kinds of cancer over 10 years she never gave up hope and she never stopped helping or caring for others.”
Jonathan McLaren, a Stage 4 cancer survivor himself, is assisting in Smith-Batchen’s journey via Warrior and Warrioress, LLC. Both intend to give thanks and raise awareness for the work done at Huntsman, and to honor all who have taken a “cancer detour” in their lives.
“This journey is about all of us coming together in the name of love. Warriors unite,” Smith-Batchen says. “I ask that you please send me the name or names of a loved one who has passed on, fighting, or surviving cancer. Each mile will be dedicated to a loved one; each mile will be full of honor, dignity, grace and glory. This is my way. Crazy as it may seem to you, it is my way.”
Smith-Batchen intends to update her Facebook page as far as progress.
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