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Faith, Family and Friends 2017

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Mitch Park

2901 Marilyn Williams Drive

Edmond, OK 73034

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My name is Shilpa and I am a runner. Running has seen me through some trying times and helped me cope with life's problems, ...particularly in recent years. This run touches me in a profound and personal way and I hope others will jump in to help the causes that will benefit, because none are more deserving.
A little about me... My son, Austin, was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was just three years old. His cancer was in remission until last May, when at age 11 he developed radiation necrosis, an incurable form of cancer. I lost my son just five months later in October. He was an awesome kid with an unbelievable faith; and he loved his family and friends (hence the name of the race). I run marathons traveling to all 50 states to run do so. My boys--Austin included--often traveled with me and ran 5K or 5-mile races if they were offered. Running has provided incredible family memories for us and enabled us to do so much together in the short years of Austin's life. It is truly therapeutic and I want share this experience with others.
This year we are working with Big A Charitable Fund at the OCCF to bring a facility therapy dogs to kids facing cancer and blood disorders at The Children’s Hospital and the Jimmy Everest Center. Big A Charitable fund was started in Austin’s memory and is focused on raising funds for child-life services and cancer research. We all know how much our four-legged companions can cheer us up on a bad day, but therapy dogs play even more of a role in one’s well-being by being known for helping people recover from traumatic events. According to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, “Studies have shown that animal-assisted therapy can decrease anxiety and pain, lower blood pressure and help alleviate depression, while offering welcome companionship and a positive distraction from treatment schedules and worries. I have personally witnessed the benefits of dog therapy when my son, Austin, was undergoing brain tumor treatment.

Before the race we are going to do a balloon release for anyone who may want to send a message to his or her own loved one in heaven. Please join us!


Packet pickup is at Elite Feet, Friday September 8 from 2pm to 7pm and on Saturday September 9 from 7am to 8:30am at the Mitch Park YMCA.

Socks guaranteed for registrants until 8-19-17 or till supplies last


If you would like to be a virtual runner or just want to make a donation visit https://occf.org/onlinegiving/.com

In the fund name, enter Big A Charitable Fund. This is a charity in Austin's memory.

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