With the exception of announcing the new venue for Super Sunday, I haven’t posted here since Valentine’s Day 2011. So much has happened around here over the last year but that’s not why I’m writing today. Today is about Sheila.
I first met Sheila with her boyfriend Ray at the Mill Cities Relay back in December. As I approached to pet their pit-bulls, they recognized me as the RD from the 2010 Holiday 5K. Half an hour later, these two incredibly friendly and talented runners had become members of Team RaceMenu. One week later, Sheila scorched the the Miss Santa Holiday 5K in 21:18 to win her age group.
Recently, thanks to Facebook, I learned that Sheila is battling cancer. As you can see from the first picture above, Sheila ran Super Sunday this past weekend. Struggling, she hopped into the racemobile at the 4.5 mile mark and called it a day. She was sick and disappointed. We’re talking about a very competitve AG winner packing it in 90% through the race. Imagine how much pain she must’ve endured before throwing in the towel.
Sheila is in surgery this afternoon. A mere 48 hours after running Super Sunday, she is having cancerous polyps removed from her intestines as friends and family hope and pray that the cancer has not gone through her intestinal wall. (which would mean more chemo)
If you’ve ever participated in a RACE event, you’re part of our running family. We may only see each other a few times per year but we are connected by something much greater than race results. We run strong to kick cancer’s ass. Please send positive vibes Sheila’s way and maybe leave a comment below to help her get over this hill. Ray is by her side making sure she knows we’re all cheering for her.