Lindsay MacIver was one of those folks who just loved life. She loved her family, sports and preforming in school plays.
Just after high school graduation, a lump was discovered in her upper chest area. He mother, Bonnie MacIver-Mariani brought her to the doctor, where a biopsy (among other things) was done. The results, says Bonnie – were not expected, “My healthy, beautiful, vibrant daughter, Lindsay, had cancer. He didn’t know what kind at that point, but said it was serious. What was the name of this monster that had waged war with my daughter, and what can we do to fight it? I started calling Roswell Park Cancer Institute on a daily basis. I knew they had the tools we needed to start the fight NOW.”
Treatment couldn’t start right away – because they said the doctors couldn’t treat something if they didn’t know exactly what it was. Two weeks later, the results came back as Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma; an extremely rare childhood cancer. Treatment started,
“During the next 2 ½ years, Lindsay was poked, prodded, and pinched more times than I can count. With each MRI, CT, X-Ray, or blood work that she had, our hopes were either lifted up, or shot down in a matter of minutes. Lindsay (and all of us) maintained a positive attitude throughout. She endured seven different chemotherapies, had multiple surgeries, one of which removed six ribs, part of her lung, part of her sternum. She had side effects ranging from a slight rash to peripheral neuropathy, affecting her ability to walk …. but, what you saw on the outside paled in comparison to what she was on the inside – strong, determined, courageous!!”
Lindsay never gave up fighting.
“Sadly, in spite of all the above, I was with my daughter when she took her last breath on July 21, 2004 at the young age of 21. One year after she left us, having pent up frustration over both her being gone, and knowledge of the fact that so little research was done on childhood cancer, I knew I had to do SOMETHING
!!! Hence, the Lindsay’s Legacy 5K Run.
I, along with my family and friends, all work very hard every year (this will be our 13th
) to raise money towards finding a cure. The funds we’ve raised thus far (over $175,000.00) go to the Courage for Carly Fund
(formerly Carly’s Club) – the pediatric fundraising division of Roswell Park Cancer Institute.”
It is an amazing legacy. For Bonnie it means everything. Everything.
“I do it FOR her, I do it as a Mother so that she is not forgotten – people know SHE WAS HERE, and I do it for the over 13,500 children that are diagnosed with cancer every year – childhood cancer research needs more than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget”
Because Bonnie, her family, friends, and the community will not give up – not ever,
“I say to you, cancer, do not think yourself victorious – this game is NOT over. I have people. I have people that care, that understand, that want to challenge the statistics and make a difference!!”
$20 pre-reg – no premium
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$25 day of – no premium
$30 day of – premium
Packet Pickup and In Person Registration
Race Day, Saturday, November 9, 2019, 8:00am @ Eldredge Bicycle Club
Eldredge Bicycle Club
17 Broad St.
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