An email from reader Tim!
1993 my sister Elora ran out into the street and was hit by a car. She was only 22 months old. She made it through the accident after many months at Children’s and what was then the Rehabilitation institute. Following the accident she had many physical and mental issues. If she would walk into the room you would know that something was wrong with her. As soon as you would talk to her (and she would talk to everybody) you knew that Elora was a loving and caring young girl.
At one point my father was training to run a 5k. Elora wanted to do it also. Doctors had said that she wouldn’t be able to complete a mile let alone a 5k. That didn’t stop her, my dad spoke to the organizers at St. Barnabas and she started the race 1 hour before the gun went off and finished the race 1 hour afterwards. She didn’t care that she finished last, she stopped and cheered on every runner. In turn they stopped and cheered her on when she finished the race. The girl that won the race even gave her trophy to Elora. She went on to run many more races. Never giving up and always cheering on.
Fast forward a few years, Elora wasn’t feeling well. Finally after a battery of tests she was diagnosed with Leukemia. Her Leukemia was very rare, and treatment was very experimental. She was in Children’s from August of 2005 until April 2006. She was able to go home for about a week during that time. She would go on to have a bone marrow transplant, and many other attempts. She ended up passing away on April 28, 2006.
In honor of Elora’s spirit, we decided to hold a 5k in her memory every year. We are going on year 6.
If you are interested in honoring the spirit of Elora, you can register to run or walk the race right here. It takes place September 18 at the North Shore Boathouse. Proceeds go to charity and to a scholarship fund in Elora’s name.