Mom running a half-marathon for each of 18 rounds of daughter's chemo



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Posted on February 22, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 22 at 7:46 PM

FORT WORTH -- To see Kristy Borden train for this weekend’s Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth, you'd have to blind to not see the depth of her life's newest mission.

Kristy, from Valley View, runs for her daughter. Kelcey was diagnosed with advanced lymphoma, a blood cancer, when she was a freshman in high school.

But, through it all, she never stopped smiling.

“It's a position I wouldn't want any parent to go through. It's tough,” Kristy Borden said.

In her daughter's honor, Kristy recently decided to run 18 half-marathons, this is No. 8. One for every round of chemotherapy her daughter had to endure.

“I, first, was an inspiration to her, and now she's changed and now she's a big inspiration for me,” said daughter Kelcey.

After the Cowtown Marathon, Kristy will continue to run one half-marathon a month through the end of the year. She's already raised $10,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

"I think it's just great, everything that she's doing,” Kelcey said.

The feeling is, of course, mutual.

"She's my strength, she's my rock. She impressed me thoroughly," said mom, Kristy. "Over and over again.”

And again, with every step.