LEBANON, Mo.--When you’re 13 and your beloved “Gamee” is dying, no one is surprised if you’re sad or discouraged. Alexandria Becker reacted a bit differently. Faced with that reality, she decided to get busy, and do something that would honor her grandmother, Sharon Brown. “When she said she wanted to organize a 5K, I thought, ‘I don’t have it in me to do this right now,’” says Alexandria’s mother, Lori Becker. “But she’s really done it all. I haven’t had to help her.”
Alexandria is calling her event The Peace, Love, Cure Run. She wants all the proceeds to go to Mercy Health Foundation, so it can help others facing a similar battle with cancer. She’s designed the registration form and the t-shirts, and collected silent auction items.
Alexandria’s grandmother, Sharon Brown, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. She beat it, only to have the cancer return in 2010. Once again, she fought back and won. However, the cancer resurfaced in March of this year, and this time it was terminal. Becker says, “She fought this for years with such elegance and grace, and clearly what Alexandria is doing is a reflection of the lessons my mother has passed on to her grandchildren.”
The Peace, Love, Cure Run is set for Saturday, August 11. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Harke Park in Lebanon. The race begins at 9 a.m. Runners pay a $25 registration fee on the day of the race, but those who pre-register pay $20 and are guaranteed a t-shirt. To sign up, you can email Alexandria at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (417) 588-2584. She’s also looking for additional silent auction items and other donors.
“I’m incredibly proud of Alexandria,” says Becker. “She wanted to do this as a last tribute to a wonderful woman, while helping others.”