It’s as simple as this: “Because I wanted to hang out with my mom and help people.”
What better reasons that that are there for dressing in pink and walking more than three miles?
During the last weekend of September, Kaylee, her mother, her mother’s friend Sarah Wulff and Kaylee’s Nana, Gloria Wilson, all of Aberdeen, traveled to Sioux Falls to walk in the Susan G. Komen Race to End Cancer.
In fact, this is not the first time that Kaylee Littler of Aberdeen has put foot to the ground to help other people. During the summer she and her mother walked a 5K to benefit a little boy who had a brain tumor.
Kaylee and her mother have also done a Color Run in Omaha, Neb. during the summer. (Participants dress up in costumes – or not – and packets of colored dye are tossed on them as they progress along the course.)
These accomplishments may not seem like that big of a deal– except that Kaylee is only five years old. And when you think about the number of steps it takes for an adult to go 3.1 miles (about 6,000) and multiply that by at least two – Kaylee’s legs are far shorter – then it really is a big deal.
“The whole reason I started doing these 5Ks is to teach her to be healthy,” said Suzanne Littler, 30, who is a medical assistant at Sanford Medical Center, married to Josh Littler. “So many children are overweight and obese.”
And recent studies show that exercise is one way to prevent breast cancer.
Not only is she learning how important it is to stay physically strong, And at a very young age, Kaylee also is learning to give of herself to help others. Every person is touched by breast cancer in one way or another. Perhaps a friend or relative has had to battle the disease. Even with the current astounding survival rate, some do lose the battle.
“My grandmother is a survivor,” said Suzanne.
As Kaylee puts it, “You get sick, you get medicine and your hair falls out. But it grows back.”
Around 6,000 people participated in the walk – with cancer survivors leading the way.
And in the middle of that huge crowd was a tiny little girl wearing a pink t-shirt bearing a single word – “Inspire.”