Runners of Hope 2020
Read the stories and experiences of our 2020 Runners of Hope. They represent the journeys that cancer patients go through during and after their battle.
Together, we are stronger.
Let us introduce you to the Runners of Hope!
‘Runners of Hope’ is the name we gave 11 courageous individuals, 9 of which are local survivors from London, ON, and 2 from across the nation. Each one of these runners was diagnosed and have lived through and come out on the other side of cancer. Like Theresa, they have had to battle back from something most of us feel we couldn’t do ourselves – yet they did and are now providing HOPE to others who are in their shoes.
Each Runner of Hope loves to run and because of this shared love, were invited to run alongside Theresa for 10km during the 10th Anniversary ONERUN 2020 on June 19th. As we know, COVID-19 has changed these plans slightly but not completely. Our Runners of Hope will be supporting ONERUN by either participating in the NEW ONERUN 2020 - 100km Journey on May 19 – June 19th OR by running 10km on their own on June 19th. They will be with Theresa in spirit on that day.
Please take a moment to read the stories behind our Runners of Hope! Learn how they overcame their battle with cancer, and are running this year in support of our friends at Wellspring London & Region and Childcan.
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.
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!!
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 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.
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.
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 was in good health and in my mid-40’s. I ran regularly, ate well, and had a healthy body weight. At a regular check-up, my doctor suggested that I have a PSA test; I thought it a bit early but said sure. My wife and I were shocked when the first test came back as positive, resulting in further testing. Those tests lead to the confirmation that I had prostate cancer at 45. Finally, at 8 years post-surgery with no signs of an elevated PSA, I was discharged from Dr. Chin’s care. It’s been 15 years since my surgery and I have had a clean bill of health and am enjoying life.
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.
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.
National Runners of Hope
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.
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
I was diagnosed at age 34 with breast cancer. I was devastated to get the news, but from that day on my journey in life had changed. I was on the “beat cancer trip!”. It was not easy, but being surrounded by friends and family, I knew I was going to be fine. Now because I was 34 and had not had children yet my oncologist had suggested doing egg retrieval at a fertility clinic because chemo “might kill everything”.