Molly Gebler is a senior at the University of Arizona. 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?
My cousin, Ryan, was a beautiful person, inside and out. The kind of guy that was the life of the party, who lit up every room he walked into, and who had a smile the size of the world. Ryan is my connection to the cancer community. The world lost a wonderful soul this past Christmas after a two year battle against a rare form of cancer. Ryan was 24 years old. Ryan was a warrior. Heaven is lucky to have him. And life is a wild adventure. I never honestly thought he would die, Ryan was invincible, but I have a new outlook now. Ryan lived his life and I think God has taught me a valuable lesson. Everything in this life is a gift, something given to me, but, something that can be taken from me at any time. So my duty is to be thankful for the time I have or had that gift. And boy am I thankful to have been able to call Ryan my cousin, my blood, my inspiration. I want to make people believe in the impossible, and I want Ryan’s message to be known to the world, to never retreat, never back down from this sometimes daunting game called Life. I want to live! I want to make other people smile and laugh and dance and know the positive energy that surrounds us every second! I hope this year brings spectacular twists of beauty that exposes it to those who need it most. This is to Ryan, all those who know the monster known as Cancer, and all the little hidden wonders sprinkled throughout our days that make a smile dance across our faces.
Why are you running with the 4K for Cancer?
I am running with the 4K for Cancer because I want to help people see the beauty in this world. I want to run this for those who can’t, for those who are fighting for their lives and for those who need some hope. My cousin, Ryan, went through hell and back and never gave up and I want to run for Ryan and show the world that nothing can stop those who don’t stop believing. I believe this is an extraordinary opportunity to spread some love, positive energy, and hope to those who know Cancer and survived it, are still fighting for their lives, or lost a love one to it. We are here and we won’t give up or give in till Cancer has met it’s end.