I was first introduced to the Livestrong foundation through the amazing, inspirational life of Kate Voth. I was honored to participate with her husband Mike on the second Team Kate, and completed the Austin Half Marathon in memory of her. Since last year's race, two members of my extended family have battled cancer. My aunt Carla Klement and my uncle Claude Klement are the two reasons I am running this year's Austin Marathon. She is an inspiration to us all to not let the negative things in life hold us down. Her eagerness to want to get back to running after beating breast cancer is amazing. My uncle Claude's life is the template for all Christian men. Even in the middle of his fight against cancer, he was first a husband, father, and grandfather. Although his journey ended this year, he has left me with a lifetime of values that I will cherish forever.

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