Leaves of Hope: A Family Tradition
Stories of cancer survivorship can be seen every year at the Leaves of Hope Run/Walk and National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration. Generations of families come out to Lutheran Medical Center’s beautiful Wheat Ridge campus in June to support survivors in our community and remember those who battled courageously.
For Donna Ross, this is a special time to remember the courage, strength and beauty of her mother, Judy Kraft. Judy, Donna and Jen Grabe, Donna’s daughter, had the opportunity to attend every Leaves of Hope race together since 2007.
“Leaves of Hope was my mom’s favorite event of the year,” Donna remembers, sharing their excitement of attending the race together. Judy was unexpectedly diagnosed with lung cancer after a trip to Lutheran Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Throughout her battle with cancer, Judy never missed a chance to be present at the Leaves of Hope race. “It was important for my mom to come and meet other survivors and help them feel supported.”
This annual dog- and stroller-friendly event features a 5K and 10K sanctioned race, 1 mile walk, community and survivor brunch, as well as a health and safety fair with fun for the whole family. Funds raised help provide patient navigation, survivor and nurse education, genetic counseling and patient care for hundreds facing cancer issues.
Join Donna, her daughter and Patches (Judy’s dog, who has attended the last three races) as they race in Judy’s memory on Sunday, June 4, 2017, for the 10th Leaves of Hope Run/Walk and National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration.