Monday, April 14, 2008

Cancer Run

The Columbus 1/2 Marathon was this week-end. Our friend Lisa Davies' ran to raise money for cancer research through The Leukemia Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. Running 13.1 miles in under 2 hours, she raised about $2,500 for cancer research. Thank you Lisa. A total of $96,000 was raised by 52 runners at this race. Nationwide Team in Training has raised $850 million for cancer research over the past 20 years.

There is a cure. We need to find it.

Tyler is done with round 6 and still improving. He is in tutoring right now, committed to keeping up with his classes. Tonight is the Celebration of Excellence at Jerome High School. Tyler has been nominated by his principal, Ms. Sankey. There is no way we could fully express our appreciation of all the ways the school has done to support Tyler. The entire Dublin school system and student body have been amazing. We could never ask for more.

I am still working on the Team in Training goal for the Columbus Marathon in October. I was only able to handle the 5k at this week-end's race. I am very slow. But coming down to the finish line I was feeling very good. People were yelling and camera's were going off. I stood up straighter and ran faster, feeling good about my self. Then, 5 feet from the finish line, some guy blew by and finished ahead of me. The announcer yelled his name, "Maurice Grey -- 71 years old!" Great. Now I really feel good.


Anonymous said...

Dear Kyle,

Speaking as a late-middle-aged fat guy, you are a hero for even trying to run in these things. You are putting yourself on the line for something you think is important, really demonstrating that actions speak louder than words. Your family and friends must be incredibly proud of you. I hope you will keep doing it, and that Tyler will keep breaking your chops about it, and that we'll continue to be able to read about the whole thing. My very best wishes to you all.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to you. I doubt 50% of the population could run a 5k unless someone was chasing them! You are the rock for your family!

Anonymous said...

LATE MIDDLE AGED!!!!!!?????????

Kyle said...

You can only be young once, but you can be inmature for a life time.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kyle,
Don't feel bad.I would be 4.5 Ks back throwing up! You did great!!!!
Keep on going!!You too Tyler.I know you can beat this cancer.Matt did and he's back to feeling good so I know you can too!
Take care and our prayers are forever with you
Matt and Susie Eichelberger

Cathy Sankey said...

Dear Tyler,
Thanks so much for coming to Celebration of Excellence last night. Words cannot express how much it meant to the Jerome community for you to be there. In the applause and cheering could you feel the love and support?-- we hope so! Next year you will be back at school fulltime-- we cannot wait to have you back in our family each day. Thanks again for making the effort to come.
"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn."

Mrs. Sankey

Anonymous said...


The Prayer Warriors at Angel_Wings will be having a Prayer Vigil, April 19th, 2008, between 8-9 PM EST for Tyler and all the children and adults on our prayer list and our Angel families of children and adults who have earned their wings. Please join us in prayer for all of them.

jd said...


At least the announcer didn't say, "MRS. Maurice Gray, 71 years old!"

Tyler, pretty soon your dad will be able to break out the leopard print Speedo!

dina b. said...

So happy that Tyler is feeling better! And, Kyle, congrats on finishing your 5K - I'm impressed by your spirit and determination -- obviously a family trait!

Way to go Alfriends!

Kylee said...

Kyle- Congrats. As a former cross country runner I know 5k's are not always fun and it takes a lot to finish it.

Kathy- Is that son Brandon? If not I'm not really into the younger guy thing.

Tyler- Hope all is well


Anonymous said...

Well said Mrs. Sankey. The support and celebration for Tyler's return to wellness has been the inspiration he needs. Words will never express to the families and especially all the young people in Dublin schools how much we appreciate each one of you.

You are all champions in this fight. Than you so much from our family to yours.

Bonnie Alfriend

Mom said...


You will always be young in my heart. I am so proud of you. Keep on running, my son. And if this is immaturity - never ever grow up.

Spring is here - Tyler is gaining strength, finishing his sophomore year, Travis is graduating high school, Erik is working on rock stardom, and Brandon is furnishing his first apartment - a wonderful summer ahead.

Mrs. Sankey is right - winter never lasts forever.