On June 1st of this year, my friend Stephani called me to wish me a happy birthday on the same day her friend Kate Voth passed away. Kate fought a courageous battle with melanoma and was just 27 years old. I will never celebrate another birthday without thinking of her and the milestones she could have celebrated too.
I ran with Stephani and Team Kate last year in the Austin Marathon and I had the pleasure of getting to know Kate and her family. Kate was inspiring--she was always optimistic, humble, and her love for life was contagious.
This year I run again for Kate. I run to celebrate a life that was cut short on the same day that I celebrate my own life. I run to support the family and friends she left behind. And I run for my friend Steph--for her strength in mourning and for her unwavering dedication to sharing Kate's joy and memory with the world around her.
Please help me to honor Kate Voth and the friends and family that rallied behind her during her cancer journey.