The second annual Kickin' It NancyStyle run on Sunday (September 10) was a huge success.
In December of 2015, Nancy Luyckfassel was diagnosed with T Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma and underwent six months of intensive chemotherapy.
"I grew to realize that although we have a great health care system, there's a lot of things that aren't covered by health care or employer benefits," said Luyckfassel. "So when I got better, I wanted to give back to the Cross Foundation (Cross Cancer Institute) and part of it was to give back to Patient Financial Assistance to help people that need help with things like anti-nausea medication and paying their rent and putting food on their table while they're going through the emotional and physical medical demands of just treating their cancer."
In May of this year, after 225 days of maintenance treatment, Luyckfassel was told she has no evidence of disease.
Luyckfassel's friends and family formed the idea of hosting an annual run on her birthday (September 10) to encourage and support her. They managed to raise over $17,988.43 with the first run.
"I'm just very grateful for my support of my friends and family, colleagues and students in Fort Saskatchewan and Edmonton area for everything they do."
140 participants gathered at the West River's Edge Pavilion to complete either a five, 10, or 15 kilometer run or walk. The run was followed by cake and the celebration of Luyckfassel's birthday.
As of 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, they raised $9,500, but they are still accepting donations.
"Because we're only at $9,500 and the goal was $20,000, we'd love people to get online and donate or contact the Alberta Cancer Foundation to make a donation on behalf of Nancy," said Carrie Creaser, Fun Development Officer for the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
More information can be found on the Kickin' It NancyStyle website.

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