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Help Mia Sidaros beat cancer! I am raising money to support her. All donations will be used for medical expenses not covered by insurance.

Hello Friends! It's official! I am getting ready to run The Great Race of Agoura on Saturday, March 24th. After recovering from an Achilles injury in January, I have been training regularly and I think I am ready.

As the race nears, I am getting jitters about how I'm going to handle 13 miles. Every time I feel the butterflies though, I think of my 14 year old friend, Mia Sidaros and the battle against bone cancer she is currently fighting.

Mia is battling Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer. After months of chemotherapy and radiation, Mia just underwent bone replacement surgery last week. Initially, doctors thought they would just need to replace her femur and possibly the knee. After surgery was underway though, they decided they needed to replace her hip, femur and knee. Mia's mother was devastated knowing that Mia would be in a lot more pain and the journey to recovery would be much longer. When I think of Mia laying in her hospital bed, my race jitters are replaced by my passion to help Mia and her family and honestly, by gratitude that I am able to walk, let alone run when Mia cannot. I am committed to running to give Mia the hope and strength she needs to walk again.


I have chosen to raise money while running races in Mia's honor this Spring and Summer. Please support me by donating online and telling your family and friends. Please email me at chong_bennett@yahoo.com with any questions or for a mailing address for check donations. Thank you for your support. I wish you a healthy and happy 2012!
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