Wolf Bikes for Cancer Awareness

September 16, 2011 • Chelsea Jackson, Staff Writer  
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For many, running is only a way to keep in shape. For others, like the founders of the Laura’s Legacy Foundation, running is a way to tell a story. A way to give the message of hope. In 2006, after a long battle with brain cancer, Laura Kleysteuber of Garden City passed away.

On March 16, 2007, the Laura’s Legacy Foundation was created by friends and family of Laura’s who wanted to continue the legacy, and support cancer research. Laura’s mother, Sandy Badgett, also wrote a book about the legacy titled, ‘Remembering Laura.’ The book would soon be one that would touch many lives.

Joshua Wolf, triathlete, triathlon coach, and personal trainer from Kansas City, MO, was among the readers that were inspired by the book. After hearing Laura’s story and her “Endurance inspired by hope” he couldn’t help but feel as though it was his duty to carry on that legacy.

Wolf took on the theme, “Maintaining the Legacy” and decided to use his talent and endurance to inspire others to maintain and continue the legacy of hope.

On Thursday morning, August 25, Wolf started his three-day journey by running the original Laura K 10K race route with some members of the Garden City High School Cross Country team, although this years’ actual ‘Leave A Legacy’ run isn’t until October 1, 2011. Wolf then biked 450 miles across Kansas, stopping in Great Bend and Manhattan, then onward to Overland Park Sunday morning to participate in the ‘Head for the Cure’ 5K road race that goes to support brain cancer research. Wolf participated for ‘Team Laura.’

“My favorite part was running with him [Wolf], and knowing you were supporting a good cause as well.” Junior Heath Winkelman said.

Wolf preached to the cross country team about the importance of using your gift to do something bigger than yourself, even if you don’t do something as extreme as biking 450 miles across Kansas.

“I gained a lot of inspiration from what he [Wolf] had been doing to help out.” Sophomore Neysa Harman said. Runners and bystanders were also given the opportunity to add a ribbon with the name of a loved one who battled, or is currently battling cancer to a pink and white banner that read, “Who’s your Laura?”

This years’ ‘Laura’s Legacy’ run will be held on October 1, 2011 at Lee Richardson Zoo and anyone is encouraged to attend. Who will you run for?

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