LEBANON, Mo.— Never underestimate how much good can come from a young person with a vision and a goal. Alexandria (Alee) Becker was just 13 years old when she learned her grandmother, Sharon Brown, would not beat her latest cancer diagnosis. So Alee set out to do what she could to help other families. She organized the first Peace Love Cure 5K and raised more than $8,000 for the Mercy Health Foundation, with instructions that the money go to help families that are dealing with a cancer diagnosis.
“She wanted to do this as a last tribute to a wonderful woman,” explained Alee’s mother, Lori Becker. “Alee and my mom were very close and she saw this as a way to help her Gamee, other cancer patients and herself deal with this awful disease.”
Alee wasn’t finished when the first event ended. She immediately started planning for this year’s 5K, which she has moved to April to honor her grandmother’s birth month. It’s set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 at Harke Park in Lebanon. Runners and walkers can pre-register now for $20 and be guaranteed a t-shirt. There is also registration available on the day of the race for $25. New this year, Alee has added a vendor village. For a $150 fee, vendors can rent a 10’X10’ covered space to highlight their business. To sign up for the race, reserve a vendor booth, or donate a silent auction item, just call 417-588-2584 or email Alee.
This year, the proceeds will benefit Mercy Health Foundation Lebanon and the Curry Cancer Center. “Her goal is just incredible,” said Karen Simpson-Neasby, vice president of Mercy Health Foundation Lebanon. “She wants to raise $10,000 dollars this year, and we pledge to put that money to good use for cancer patients. We’ll use it for things like transportation to appointments, wigs and nutritional support.”
Watch the video where Alee explains her dedication behind this second annual event.