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This is the Judy Pavolka Cancer Fight Fund. All monies go towards her medical expenses. Thank you for support & prayers!

My wonderful grandma, Judy Pavolka, has been battling late-stage colon cancer since 2009. The cancer has been a tenacious opponent, beginning in her colon and slowly metastasizing to her liver and her lungs. After a wonderful Christmas holiday we received some terrible news. What originally appeared to be a stroke has turned into tumors in her brain. Despite this Grandma has braved so much to stay around and fight for her life. Her treatments have made her sick, tired, unable to enjoy any food or drink, and caused her weight to fluctuate and her hair to come and go. She is so young, only in her mid sixties, and was just preparing to retire and hit the road with her husband for their golden years. My grandparents have put everything they saved for retirement into her fight and are now barely getting by. Grandma has been such a wonderful inspiration to me of courage, selflessness, and love that I want to do something for her. I have committed myself to four races, including two half-marathons, this year; each time I lace up to race I think of her fight and what I can do to help. This fundraiser is simple. I run each race and my donors are helping Grandma keep running hers. Donations do not go toward any race fees - those are paid by the runners. I want to thank you for helping them continue her treatment. My family will keep praying, and I will keep running. Each step is one step closer to her remission.

With all gratitude,

Melissa Marshall
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