TAMPA, Fla. – It was the perfect Saturday morning for a run in downtown Tampa. The humidity held off and the temperature was just right for racers young and old to unite against a common enemy: cancer.
"I only hope that today was just a small piece of what we can do to fight the cure,” said Kristin Thurston.
Thurston was diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer back in 2013. She remains in remission but said she constantly fears a doctor will deliver bad news.
“Ironically enough, I had a biopsy on last week, so I will get the test results to see how I’m doing,” said Thurston. “So, it’s a continued fight. I think what sometimes people don’t realize is that cancer is always there with you, even going into remission. So, always in the back of your mind, you’re thinking, ‘how can I better myself, and what can I do?’”
Thurston said realized while she might not be able to control cancer, she can contribute to raising money to find a cure. This year, “Team Kristin” raised $5,000 to contribute to Miles for Moffitt, and her supporters came in from all over the country to help.
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“We really love being here to represent Kristin, and to just be a part of her journey of survival,” said Amber Burgess, a national queen for the USA Ambassador Pageant that Thurston directs. “It was really motivational for me that when I thought, ‘ugh, I don’t really want to go out today [to train]’…the thought that I'm running to represent somebody that went through something much harder than what I went through. My mother was affected by cancer. She is a survivor. I lost my stepmother to cancer."
Through the losses and the dire diagnoses, Team Kristin carries on.
"I have to remember to just cherish each day and be appreciative and know that out there, someone else is battling a bigger battle than I am,” said Thurston.
So far, Miles for Moffitt has raised more than $980,000 for its 2018 campaign. The goal is to reach $2 million.
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