CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Families across the Queen City were decked in purple Saturday morning for the annual Isabella Santos Foundation 5K and 10K for Kids Cancer Through Ballantyne.
The annual race was held to bring the community together at Ballantyne Corporate Park and raise funds for kids cancer research.
With her oncologist, her husband and 125 other family members and friends by her side, Jenn Andrews completed her first 5K race since losing her foot to cancer six months ago.
Saturday’s race was the longest run Andrews, a West Forsyth graduate, had done since her below-the-knee amputation in March following diagnosis for a rare form of cancer.
“It was awesome, one of the top 10 best days of my life,” said Andrews, who runs with a springy blade prosthetic. “I was a little nervous — there were definitely hills and inclines — but I ran the whole thing without walking and even sprinted a bit at the end.”
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Find out how you can raise money for a cause by lacing up your running shoes.
September is Child Cancer Awareness Month and this month, you can help kids in need with the Isabella Santos Foundation.