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Laura Dove: running for others

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by Sunny Layne

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DIKE/NEW HARTFORD (KWWL) - As you know, running a marathon is never easy. But one eastern Iowa woman says running 26.2 miles is easy, compared to what her son experienced.

She is running for others' lives now. Laura Dove is someone you should know.

Laura Dove always wanted to run a marathon.

"I'm not fast, but I wanted a reason to run a marathon," she said.

She never wanted a reason like this.

"It says the 'Heavenly Express, Brady Dove 1998-2004,'" Dove read from a picture posted on a toy train. "He had a mischievous smile, full of energy, personality, loved life."

As a toddler, doctors diagnosed Laura's third child Brady with neuroblastoma, the deadliest form of childhood cancer. He had a one-percent chance of beating it.

"They initially diagnosed it as leukemia. That would've been better," she said.

After enduring countless treatments with a smile, Brady passed away peacefully. He was five years old.

"If you don't have that hope, there's no reason to go on," Dove said tearfully.

Now more than four years later, the pain hasn't gone away, but Laura, her husband Byron and three other children have worked to channel the sadness into positive action.

"Everyone wants to help. Everyone wants to do something," she said.

Each fall, the Dove family hosts a golf tournament in memory of Brady, and a toy drive each winter, and a few months ago, Laura decided even if she couldn't save Brady's life, she could run to save others' lives.

"It's something I could do. Thanks to Team in Training, leukemia has a 90 percent cure rate, which is phenomenal," she said.

Laura Dove joined Team in Training, raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by gathering donations for her San Diego marathon training. She and three other family and friends will raise more than $25,000 for cancer research.

Dove says she believes no matter what type of cancer, one cure will lead to another.

"To me, it all goes together," she said.

Laura's husband Byron says he only wishes Brady could see his brave mom running all 26.2 miles for people just like him.

"He'd be there pumping his fists and cheering her on," Byron said.

Laura says, perhaps Brady will be there. Running along side her.

"I just feel he's watching over me," she said.

I had the pleasure of training on the same marathon team as Laura Dove. If her story inspires you, click on the link below, and please give. Team in training has led directly to new treatments for cancer. My goal is to raise $2,450 by the end of this month. Thank you for your help!

To help me help cancer victims, click here. 

Online Reporter: Sunny Layne

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