REHOBOTH, Mass. (WPRI) — Rehoboth resident Cathy Edington is gearing up to run her fifth Boston Marathon on Monday.
She is running in honor of her sister, Kim, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 38.
“Kim was somebody who saw good in everyone,” says Edington. “Kim had a huge smile she wore bright red lipstick, wore cowboy boots and hats, and if you want to toast her, use a Bud Light.”
She passed away in 2005. Two years later, Cathy began training for her first ever 26.2 mile marathon.
“Had always wanted to run a marathon and if you’re gonna run a marathon you’re gonna run Boston,” says Edington.
She applied and was accepted as part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s team in training, in honor of her little sister Kim.
“Finished the marathon, and thought I was done, then the bombs went off,” she adds. “Like many others I thought we can’t let the bad guys get us down so I applied again and was accepted and did it again.”
Edington says it is not always that easy to run, however she feels Kim’s presence everywhere pushing her when the going gets tough.
“She’s still with us. when I’m in the middle of a run and I’m not feeling good, I swear a Bud Light truck goes by every time!”
This year Edington alone has raised more than $14,000 dollars. She says every penny helps fund critical research and support.
“The childhood statistics have gone from maybe a 50 50 chance of surviving leukemia and lymphoma to the 90s. We need it to be 100. The fight’s not over, we need to keep raising money, we need to keep helping families,” says Edington.
You can click here to make a contribution to Edington’s team.