My name is Candice Aaron. I am a Board Member for LIVESTRONG Foundation, Founding Vice Chairperson for the LIVESTRONG Young Leader’s Council, Compliance Leader at GE Capital and yet the title I celebrate above all others is “Cancer Survivor”.
Over the last 7 years, I’ve had cancer, treatment, recurrence scares and 3 major surgeries but through it all, I was able to stay active, keep running middle-distance races (which I’ve been doing since I was 6 years old), and even get engaged in some new sports. I’ve gotten to participate in a number of LIVESTRONG Challenges, and have also run 3 RAGNAR Relays, one of which was in celebration of my 5th Cancerversary. A RAGNAR Relay is a 200 mile race, run consecutively over 36 legs by up to 12 runners. It is a contest of endurance and strategy, and an incredible challenge for even a seasoned runner, because it is an unsupported race and each runner must run 3 legs, including one leg through the middle of the night.
This week, the RAGNAR team is getting back together with some new runners from my company, GE, and running another 200 mile race from Madison, WI to Chicago, for the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Every one of those 200 miles will be dedicated in honor and memory of cancer survivors and fighters. Every one of the painful 30 straight hours we will run, we will run for those who can’t and for those who still fight. When we cross the finish line on Saturday afternoon, we will cross it for those in whose honor and memory we run.
We have names of our families and loved ones we plan to carry with us, but we would like to carry more people with us across that finish line. Please comment on this post or tweet me at @ctaaron with names you would like the team to carry on our journey.
To me and to the GE RAGNAR for LIVESTRONG Foundation team, LIVESTRONG means that I keep crossing finish lines because I can, and I may be a little slower and it may be a little harder getting there than it was before cancer became a part of my life, but every finish line means so much more.