I believe Dr. Julie Gralow and the team at Fred Hutch’s treatment arm, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, saved my life. Julie is a runner like me. It turned out that when I had run a half marathon in Florida that February, she had run it, too. Small world.
I kept to my plan and finished 13 events that year, skipping only August. In October, six weeks into chemotherapy, I ran the Portland Marathon once again. My time was only seven minutes slower. Julie and my nurse, Kay Tilton, ran the half marathon, and before their race they brought me flowers.
Photo: Dr. Julie Gralow (right) and nurse Kay Tilton before Rebecca’s second Portland Marathon in October 2010