Run for a Cure
Posted: Apr 15, 2013
Organizers of Brigham Young University's annual Rex Lee Run (held March 23) ran into two problems this year: first, city construction that prevented them from offereing their typical 10K, and second, snowy weather that likely deterred some runners from participating in the 5K run.
But despite their challenges, the run went on as planned--and people still came to support those currently fighting cancer and honor friends and family members who have died of cancer. Carrie Willard and her husband were two of about 700 runners that braved the snow and ice to participate in the event.
"We lost our son to cancer four years ago, so this is what we do every year to honour our son," Willard said.
"The Rex Lee Run Against Cancer is a strong annual tradition at BYU," the Rex Lee Run website reads. "The run was orginally organized in 1996 in honor of BYU President Rex E. Lee, who passed away that year as a result of cancer. Now in its 18th year, the run continues to be put on by the BYU Cancer Awareness Group, a student club of those who are interested in raising public awareness about cancer, assisting those who are dealing with this illness, and seeking cures for this disease by raising money for cancer research.