500 down, 500 to go for running cancer survivor

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by Joe Flanagan, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on May 11, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Updated Sunday, May 11 at 12:12 AM

NORFOLK -- Some 300 runners took off in the Run On The Wild Side at the Virginia Zoo Saturday morning. The annual race benefits Lee's Friends, which provides emotional and practical support to cancer patients and their families.

Among those running was Linda Fox who hit the halfway mark in a goal she set for herself.

"As a cancer survivor, I think I had a brain hemorrhage one day and decided to try to stay in shape after being diagnosed and I said I am going to run a thousand races, not knowing really what I was thinking," said Fox.

Doctors told her running would help in her recovery after chemotherapy treatments for cancer.

"Oh, yes. I had some more tests done, but until they tell me to report back to the hospital, I am going to keep running. So I still have a couple good ones left in me, I know that," Fox said.

For 35 years, Lee's Friends has helped people in our area deal with their own, personal wars on cancer.

"Probably our biggest goal is to remind people that they are not alone as they are battling their cancer," Executive Director Carol Olsen told 13News Now. "We provide free rider to and from  doctors appointments, chemo treatments, radiation therapy."

Fox, a retired command master chief, ran her 500th race pushing Ainsley, a little girl confined to a wheelchair.

"Even though I am dealing with some challenges, there is always someone who has it worse than me. Always, always.  You know, I just look at Ainsley she is my inspiration," Fox said.

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