Runners of Hope
Read the stories and experiences of our 2020-2021 Runners of Hope. They represent the journeys that cancer patients go through during and after their battle.
Together, we are stronger.
Introducing the Runners of Hope
Our 'Runners of Hope' are 10 very special individuals who have fought and beat cancer. Like Theresa, they have had to battle back from something that required support from others and are now providing HOPE to those who now need the support.
In the past, Theresa has ran 100km in 1 day to raise funds for organizations who provide support to those families dealing with cancer. This year each Runner of Hope will be running 10km on June 19th to keep the tradition of ONERUN’s 100km in 1 day. Nine of the runners will run a 10km loop in London, ON, while one will run in her hometown of Prince George, BC.
Please take a moment to read the stories behind our Runners of Hope! Learn how they overcame their battle with cancer, and how they are running this year in support of our friends at Wellspring London & Region and Childcan.
Running a half marathon is an incredible feat itself. Running a half marathon after twice surviving Leukemia is truly miraculous. But that’s exactly what Canadian runner Boyd Dunleavey, 45, did at the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon. And waiting for him at the finish line with his medal? The man who saved his life – Nathan Barnes, who donated his stem cells which ultimately gave Dunleavey a new lease on life.
I had been a runner for many years and was training for a half marathon when I was diagnosed, after my first mammogram, with breast cancer in 2014. I worked through a lot of my treatment which included a lumpectomy, chemo, radiation, etc., so I didn’t have much time or energy to run.
My name is David Hill. In 2013 I was having some strange results with some blood tests. I was sent to the Regional Cancer Center in London for tests. The tests showed that I had some form of cancer developing. I was in denial as I felt great and was a marathon runner. They told me to come back if I developed certain symptoms.
Prince George, BC
My name is Gillian Roberts. I was born in London, but have lived in Prince George BC for almost 6 years now. I have been a runner and a triathlete for most of my life. In early 2018 I had a surgery to remove a non-cancerous tumour from my ovary. In the process I lost my ovary.
In May of 2020, I found a suspicious lump under my armpit. I went to my family doctor who ordered a mammogram and an ultrasound. However, the results revealed that the lump was “not suspicious” and to return for a checkup in 3 more months. I will forever be grateful for my family doctor who, instead, suggested a biopsy to “put my mind at ease”.
I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2012. Needless to say, along with many others I was shocked, but more so I felt like I had been kicked in the gut. I also have a genetic Eye disorder, which has left me legally blind. My thoughts were I had been given enough to deal with in my life.
My name is Marianne Louttit and this is my story of how I became part of ONERUN. Over the years Theresa and I have crossed paths in the circles we kept. Our husbands work for the same company and our daughters played high school basketball together. It was then when Theresa was diagnosed and ONERUN was born. My family and I have proudly participated in some of the ONERUN events over the years, and occasionally Theresa and I have shared a casual run together, which I truly treasure!
I feel extremely privileged to participate as one of the 10 local cancer survivors to join Theresa on her epic 100km journey. My journey began 4 years ago when I found out totally by chance that cancer would become a part of my life. From start to today, I have had the best care through the London Regional Cancer clinic and their awesome staff. Plus, my supportive spouse and friends are always there for me.
The day that changed my life... I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on May 7th, 2013. I told the radiologist that I just couldn’t have this. No way. My daughter Sarah was getting married in 3 weeks and I have to run the NYC Marathon in November. I asked him... do you think I can achieve this by then?? He asked me if I heard of Theresa Carriere? "She is a breast cancer survivor and she ran 100km in 1 day!!" I told him that I DID know that remarkable brave woman!!
It was a week into my schooling that I got the phone call telling me the biopsy came back positive for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I was immediately referred to an oncologist who told me the best course of action was 12 rounds of chemotherapy, which I started on October 4th, 2018. I underwent chemotherapy until March 8th, 2019, all the while completing my Masters. I responded extremely well to chemotherapy and was in remission by the beginning of the summer of 2019.