Leya Brown is a recent graduate of the University of Alabama. In the summer of 2013 she is running with a group of college-aged students on a 30 day, 4000+ mile journey from San Francisco, CA to Baltimore, MD.
What is your connection with the cancer community?:
There are very few people today, if any, whose lives have not been affected by cancer. Although I am only 22, I have known many people whom have been diagnosed with cancer. Whether they were relatives, friends, or acquaintances, they have all impacted me and shown me how precious life is. The ones that touched close to my heart were my aunt, my elementary school friend, and a close family friend. As we grow older, we face the inevitable: cancer will continually and increasingly influence our lives.
Regrettably, up until now I have not supported the cancer community as a whole. When I read about the 4K for cancer, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to show my support. I am honored and extremely excited to be a part of this great cause. Throughout this 30 day journey, I will strive to give support beyond any financial means. I can only hope that I will inspire those affected by cancer as muchas I know they will inspire me.
Why are you riding with the 4K for Cancer?:
There are so many great aspects of running the 4K. Firstly, I am overjoyed by the opportunity to raise money for cancer and be a part of such a great cause. Secondly, I have always wanted to challenge myself both physically and mentally, and strive to be the best I can be. I have been so lucky, thus far in my life, to be healthy and I feel there is no better way to honor it than by running for the cancer community. Thirdly, after teaching in Thailand for a year, I have gained such appreciation for the United States. I am beyond happy to be back in the States and explore this beautifully diverse country, which has given me so many opportunities.