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Darice Mangin: moving on

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by Sunny Layne

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - When we get married, we hope to spend the rest of our lives with our spouse, but what happens when cancer cuts that plan short?

One eastern Iowa woman had to find the answer to that question, and how she reacted to it makes Darice Mangin someone you should know.

Family time means plenty of laughter in Darice Mangin's home, even though a key person is missing.

"Scott was a very very fun person. Lots of friends," said Darice. "Enjoyed life. Very good at everything he did."

Darice's husband Scott Thompson found he had leukemia in 1999. Not wanting to abandon his wife and their young daughters Jordan and Nicole, he fought against the illness, but it eventually took his life in 2000.

"He loved everybody," Darice said, "got along with everyone."

Darice felt a crushing loss and now faced the world as a single parent.

"You never forget, but you move on," she said.

After mourning, she decided to start a golf tournament each year in Scott's honor, and recently, she decided to do something more ambitious.

Never overly athletic, Darice surprised her family by announcing she would train for a marathon with Team in Training, which raises money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

"I didn't believe she could actually do it. But now I think she can probably finish the race," Darice's daughter Nicole said. 

After seeing the effects of leukemia firsthand, Darice says she's happy to take on the challenge of running 26.2 miles, hopefully preventing others from the same painful treatments her husband endured.

"If all these patients of blood-related cancers can endure cancer treatments, I can certainly endure a marathon," she said.

The years have brought healing, and Darice has eventually remarried, a man who supports her memories, and her cause.

"She has goals she's set and she's very determined to accomplish those goals," her husband Michael Mangin said.

"I learned I'll never be fast, that's okay, I just want to finish," Darice said.

In memory of her first husband and in honor of those currently suffering from cancer, Darice says she'll never forget, and that's why she's "moving on".

Online Reporter: Sunny Layne

Darice will run San Diego's Rock n Roll marathon June first, and KWWL reporter Sunny Layne is running Anchorage Alaska's Mayor's Marathon June 21st, also to support cancer research. To help Sunny help cancer victims, click here. and you don't have to run a marathon.

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