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Team Colon Cancer Challenge member Teresa Killion

With just over a month to go until the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon, our runners are conquering more and more training miles every week. We are hugely proud of their accomplishments both in training and fundraising. Visit our Crowdrise site and prepare to be impressed!

In this second installment in our “Meet Our Team” series, we are proud to introduce Teresa Killion. Don’t mess with Texas!

For the past 20 years I have called myself a Texan but I’m orginally from Oklahoma. I’ve been married for over 30 years to my amazing husband Gary and have one son in college.

Running the NYC Marathon will be an amazing experience and I have chosen to represent the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation due to the high rate of colon cancer deaths in my family. My brother Russell passed away in 2001 at the age of 37. I deeply miss my big brother and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about him. My mother-in-law Margaret passed away in 1996 at the age of 53. We miss hearing her laugh and seeing her beautiful smile. Early detection and screening could have saved both of their lives. The loss of my grandmother and uncles and other family members to this disease has fueled me to be passionate for this charity and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to support the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation at the New York City Marathon. I read your charity site and truly believe awareness and early detection are the keys. I read how you support the community after the loss of loved ones, which is needed and not something that everyone gets.

On November 6, I’ll be running in memory of my big brother Russell. I’ve been running my entire life but have really gotten into more of the organized races over the past few years. I believe I have run in over 20 half marathons which include Las Vegas, Dallas, Galveston, Nashville, Estes Park, San Antonio, OKC Memorial, and many more. I’m so passionate about running that I will do any 5k with friends when asked and definitely will try to motivate everyone to join in. I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis in 2007 and have discovered movement with running improves my stiffness and flexibility of my joints and muscles. As sore as I may be the next day, the benefits physically and emotionally outweigh any pain that I may have.

Fundraising for the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation is just the perfect fit for me and it will be an emotional day as I’m crossing the finish line.

You can learn more about Teresa and support her fundraising efforts here.

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