Father's Day race against leukemia

By: Staff Report
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This Sunday, Quarry Ponds in Granite Bay will host a 5K and 10K walk and run to benefit The Leukemia & Lymph-oma Society and Team In Training. Events like this hold special meaning for the Wilson family, whose 4-year-old daughter Eleanor was diagnosed with acute lympho-blastic leukemia last year. The most common form of leukemia in children, the Wilsons connected with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society quickly and learned all they could about the disease. Eleanor began a rigorous schedule of chemo-therapy, blood and platelet transfusions. “Looking back on the part that still strikes me most was the speed and stealth of the disease,” said Andrea Wilson, Eleanor’s mother. The course of treatment has been long and grueling, and Eleanor is currently weathering an initial phase of seven to nine months of chemotherapy, followed by two additional years of active treatment, then seven years of close monitoring before she can be declared “cured.” Eleanor’s ultimate prognosis is good. The Quarry Ponds To Folsom Lake walk and run proceeds will directly benefit The Leukemia & Lymph-oma Society and its contributions toward new re-search therapies that provide faster and curable results for children and adults stricken with blood-related cancers. The event includes a free kids one-quarter mile fun run and everyone participating in the race will receive a finisher’s ribbon. The event also includes plenty of activities for those not participating in the race, including a farmers’ market, sidewalk sale, kids activities and entertainment. Each of Quarry Ponds’ four restaurants will offer special “Father’s Day Meal Deals.” Race registration and information is available at 415-9991 or Adult entries are $35 per person and ages 18 and under are $18. To learn more about Eleanor’s journey, visit, page name “wilsonbabygirl.”