The following is an interview with Team LIVESTRONG runner, Dale Moran of Doylestown Township, PA. Dale will be running the Shamrock Half Marathon this weekend in Virginia Beach in honor of her late husband, Kevin. You too can take part in events with Team LIVESTRONG to honor a loved one affected by cancer. Visit www.teamlivestrong.org for a listing of all run, ride and tri events.
How have you been affected by cancer?
My husband had cancer. He was diagnosed Feb. 16, 2012 and died just weeks later on March 1st. University of Pennsylvania Hospital couldn’t define the exact cancer type, but said it was probably non-small cell carcinoma of the lungs. He had lost his voice at the end of January, and we were trying to figure out why, then he had trouble breathing and we went to emergency room. It wasn’t a long battle, and they said he probably had it for a year. But at least he was able to live his life while he could. Knowing him, he wouldn’t have wanted to go through the treatment if the result was going to be the same.
In what event are you participating with Team LIVESTRONG?
I am participating in the Shamrock Half Marathon. My brother and cousin did several cycling events to honor my uncle who passed away 8 years ago from lymphoma, but this is a first for me.
Why did you choose to join Team LIVESTRONG for this event?
Attending events with family members was always something I loved. I’ve raced in half marathons before. It’s just a fun thing to do with a good cause to raise money to keep others going. I want to channel my energy into something good for those still battling.
What does LIVESTRONG mean to you?
It means not only living and existing, but living strong to keep yourself physically fit and strong in the mind/body relationships. We only live once here and it’s important to live with inspiration and with as many positive relationships as you can. I feel like one of the lucky ones with so many family and friends around me. It also means to always look on the bright side — life always goes on. LIVESTRONG means being a strong, confident person and always reminiscing with my children about how wonderful their father truly was.
Name one piece of advice you would give to someone affected by cancer.
Don’t give up is a canned expression, but always believe there are so many different options. Believing and having the will to live and fight from within, because if you don’t mentally prepare yourself to think positive things will happen, they won’t. I explained to my 5 and 7 year olds what cancer is. My husband said he was not ready to go, and he was going to fight it and do anything he can to live. I would also just tell someone that they need to continue to believe that they’re going to make it through and fight it. A lot of what we do is in our mind and attitude.