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Emporia woman to run marathon

By Monica Springer , Emporia Gazette

1249 days ago   Article ID# 1093907
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Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

EMPORIA, KANSAS (Emporia Gazette) - After seeing her best friend’s daughter battle leukemia, Emporian Julie Cooper decided she wanted to give back and raise money to find a cure.

Cooper is training to participate in an endurance event as a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. The team is raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives.

Cooper’s best friend, Jennifer Naylor, lives in the Wichita area. Her daughter, Reese, was diagnosed with leukemia a month before she turned 4. Reese is now almost 8 years old and doing well, Cooper said.

Cooper will participate in the Nike Women’s Marathon on Oct. 16 in San Francisco. The race will kick off in downtown San Francisco at Union Square. The 26.2 mile marathon will take runners past Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Fort Mason and Marina Green while having views of Alcatraz and The Golden Gate Bridge.

More than 100 women from Kansas are participating in the marathon.

“My hope is to get awareness out to Emporia and to our community,” Cooper said. “Once my best friend and her daughter were going though the battle themselves I felt I had to give something back.”

Last year Cooper participated in the Prairie Fire Wichita Marathon. Cooper said she has always loved to exercise but never ran before participating in the half-marathon last year. She is a teacher at Flint Hills Technical College.

Cooper has to raise $3,200 to participate in the Nike Women’s Marathon in October.

To contribute:

Visit her fundraising page: http://pages.teamintraining.org/ks/nikesf11/jcooper3ix

Mail a check payable to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in care of Julie Cooper, 2006 Lincoln, Emporia, KS 66801

If someone is interested in following Cooper’s progress and training, they can “Like” her Facebook fan page: Team Jewely ~ Running for a Cure.

If someone is interested in the Kansas Chapter of Team in Training, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s website is www.teamintraining.org/ks.

Contact Susan Fleming for more information: susan.fleming@lls.org or (316) 266-4050.

Cooper is also organizing a Zumbathon from 7 to 9 p.m. July 14 at Flint Hills Technical College. Registration cost will be $15 and all proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. There will be door prizes and raffles.

To sign up contact Copoer at (620) 343-0258 or halfmarathonmom2010@yahoo.com.

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Updated 1249 days ago   Article ID# 1093907

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