OVERLAND PARK, Kan.—Thousands of runners took their fight against brain cancer to the streets of Kansas City. The Head for the Cure 5K was held on Sunday morning for the ninth year in a row. Hundreds were running and walking in memory and support of those they love.
The 4,500 participants in the Head for the Cure had one goal, to fight brain cancer.
"We have 60 to 70 of my high school friends who come do this and donate," said cancer survivor Matt Mendlick. "It's an incredible show of support."
Many participants were there because of a loved one. One person who lost her battle with cancer was 30-year-old Laura. She was a mother that left behind two young boys and an army of friends and family.
"God saved her hardest race for the end of her life," said Sandy Badgett. "Her specialty is the 300 meter hurdles. She had beautiful legs that would stretch over those hurdles."
Two years ago Sandy wrote "Remembering Laura." It chronicles her daughter's journey through brain cancer. Josh Wolf read that book. It inspired his own journey of incredible support. In three days Wolf rode his bike 450 miles across the state of Kansas waving his flag and remembering Laura who lost her battle with cancer. Along the ride he collected 150 ribbons with names to add to the flag.
"We were able to honor everyone who has gone through this by taking them across Kansas," Wolf said. "In my eyes through endurance all of our loved ones live on."
Head for the Cure has raised $2 million dollars in nine years. It's a legacy of hope left by those who will always remember.