When Liam Ratliff’s mother asked him to participate in an event that benefitted cancer fighters after she was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer last year, Liam did not even consider saying “no.” And this was not the first time he dealt with the disease. Liam’s wife, Megan, lost her own mother to cancer.
So when Liam learned about the 2015 Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K & Walk and the organization’s mission to provide free one-on-one support to cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers, he jumped at the chance to fulfill his mother’s request.
“Cancer is a harrowing experience and so many people face it. It is wonderful that Imerman Angels offers support not only to the cancer fighters, but also the caregivers and loved ones going through it with them. We had the support system of our family for my mom’s battle, but it would have been very helpful to get the perspective of someone who had gone through it before,” he says.
Liam and his teammates – Megan and the couple’s friend, Scott Shepke – jokingly christened themselves “The Slowskis” due to their self-proclaimed slow pace. But they were quick to support Imerman Angels with their fundraising efforts, reaching out to friends and family via social media.
The Slowskis team also savored the food and beverage spread available to participants after the race, which included a mimosa bar and a selection of brunch dishes.
“The brunch was amazing. It surpassed our expectations!” Liam says.
Liam, who is a regular at races and triathlons, was impressed with the event overall.
“I can be critical of the way a race is organized, but I thought the Brunch Run was beautifully set up, the course was wonderful and the crew working it was very accommodating,” he says.
And Liam was treated to something even better in the months following the event. His mother not only lived to see Liam grant her wish, she now has no evidence of disease after going through chemotherapy.
“It is a huge blessing,” Liam says.
And Liam’s desire to support those impacted by cancer has not waned since his mother won her battle against the disease. He plans to participate in the 2016 Brunch Run on Saturday, July 23 at Montrose Harbor.
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