Memorial Day 2002. It started out as a sunny day in Cleveland, Ohio. Peggy had a busy day ahead with her four boys, ages 6,8,10, and 12. It was a day filled with soccer games and picnics. She ran out of the house that morning only on a cup of coffee. Then it started. It started slowly,
somewhere between cheering for the boys and enjoying the festivities of the day a pain in her stomach became more and more bothersome. Just a lack of breakfast and all the
yelling at the soccer games, thought Peggy. However by the end of the evening the pain was so intense that her husband took her to the hospital. Two days and many tests later Peggy was diagnosed
with fourth stage colon cancer. The sunny day was gone. How could this happen to a 42 year old, energetic mother of four? She was given 6 months to live.
Peggy and I were Alpha Gamma Delta sorority sisters at The Ohio State University. My name is Carleen Taylor and I live with my own four boys and my husband. My heart and prayers were with
Peggy every day. As I looked at my boys my heart ached knowing her boys may be growing up without her.
The 5 year survival rate for people with stage 4 colon cancer s just 5%. Peggy was an inspiration to many in her strength to live life. When she was diagnosed June 2002 the doctors told her to go home and spend the next few months with her family because she would not live to see Christmas. But
Peggy went out and found a doctor who would treat her. She was doing the best she could to live life and build memories with her family and friends.
I wanted to help her, I wanted to give her hope and something positive to look forward to. I wanted to bring awareness to this disease that none of us really had thought about. Peggy asked me to help her tell others about this disease. So in the Fall of 2003 I started working on Race For Hope. My boys were 11, 9, 7, 5 at the time so in between kid activites, kids homework etc. I organized a race for cancer for my friend.
Peggy fought hard but the cancer was too aggressive and she died March 31, 2004.
Her spirit and hope to help others become aware of this disease continues on with Race For Hope.
October 13, 2013 will be the 10th Race for Hope. There have been many wonderful people through the years who have donated their time and energy to keep Race For Hope going to help those whose lives have been affected by colorectal cancer. We will continue through our voices, and actions to help Peggy get the word out about Colorectal Cancer and maybe someday it will go from a fatal cancer to a survivable cancer in 100% of cases.