COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Hundreds laced up their sneakers and braved the cold rain for the Columbus Head For The Cure 5K held Sunday morning.
All of the runners made their way through the finish line with some pretty wet clothes and soggy shoes, but Sunday’s weather was not going to stop them from raising money for a good cause.
Lori Mines made it through the finish line in her husband Jason Baker’s arms.
She was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, two years ago.
“I thought I was just having really bad headaches and they really, because I’m only 39, they had no idea I was as sick as I was,” Lori says.
The diagnosis came one after the two got married, as Jason explains.
“It was devastating,” he says. “Wasn’t exactly the one-year anniversary present that we expected, and it’s been up and down. It’s been a battle.”
Lori has had multiple surgeries, the most recent coming a month ago.
“The first surgery was really hard on her, took her a while to recover,” Jason said. “She recovered and then had a re-occurrence, so they did another surgery, now she’s going through another re-occurrence. (There’s) a lot of recovery when you go into your brain to remove things to take out cancer. …speech gets affected, your balance gets affected, your day to day life, it’s extremely hard to manage. She can’t drive anymore. It’s really affected her vision so, I mean, it’s rough.”
Lori is going to have to do rounds of chemo again and says she is staying strong with love and support from her family, and her faith that keeps her staying positive.
Lori is happy to see everyone at the race and her 11-year-old daughter Livia describes the race as “amazing.”
Livia says her favorite part of the run was “Probably running it with my family and having fun.”
“She was dead set determined she was going to do this, it’s beautiful to see her do what she does she’s tough,” Jason says.
“There are people that are here supporting the cause because other cancers get a lot of support and it’s nice to see there’s people here to support glioblastoma because it’s not as well known as some of the other cancers,” Lori says “So it’s just really nice to see there’s support as well.”
The survivors at the 5K say they wouldn’t be able to do it without The James and it’s important to donate to help with research. To donate to The James at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, go to https://cancer.osu.edu/giving-back