Young cancer survivors train up their parents for Calgary’s first Sporting Life 10k run – Alberta News

Young cancer survivors train up their parents for Calgary’s first Sporting Life 10k run – Alberta News


It was a role reversal on Thursday at Sporting Life in Southcentre Mall.

Three young cancer survivors turned the tide Thursday morning as they pushed their parents to the limit, putting them through a training session in preparation for Calgary’s first Sporting Life 10k run for the Kids Cancer Care Foundation.

Stacey Kurcharuk was being put to the test by her son Colby, and said the whole experience was a lot of fun for both of them.

“It was very uplifting,” said Kurcharuk. “Colby goes through a ton on a day-t0-day basis, so when I see him smiling, having fun, and enjoying things, it really warms the heart.”

Colby was diagnosed with high-risk pre-b acute lymphoblastic leukemia in February of 2014, and remains in chemotherapy until the scheduled end date in June.

Kurcharuk said she and her husband will both be participating in the 10 km run, which is scheduled for June 17, and the main motivation behind them running is Colby.

She said until this year, Calgary hasn’t had a run dedicated for kids cancer, so this year is a great opportunity to raise awareness, and raise money to help in giving young cancer patients what they need.

“To have an event solely dedicated to Kids Cancer Care means the world to us, and families like ours,” said Kurcharuk. 

The Sporting Life 10k national series has raised over $15 million since 2003, all going towards children with cancer and their families.

The 10 km trek will begin at 8 a.m. in southwest Calgary, and venture towards downtown via Bow Trail and 9 Ave, eventually finishing at Olympic Plaza.

The run will be broken into two portions; one for more serious runners, and another for less ambitious runners and…



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