Less than a month to go until the Rock n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, which will be held on Sunday, September 15th. Five years ago on September 15th, Chuck Preletz of Collegeville passed away of T-cell lymphoblastic Lymphoma at the age of 39. At the Rock n' Roll Philadelphia five years later, his wife Kelly and son Charlie will run in his honor. Chuck, a runner, knew something was wrong after a run when he had problems breathing. A large mass was found in his chest, and he fought the lymphoma for two years with surgery, chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.
“He was a true hero and never complained and after all the treatment had failed, he made the selfless decision to be at home and spend his final days with the children and me,” says Kelly.
Inspired by a family friend running a marathon in Chuck's honor and his father's love of running, 12-year old Charlie wanted to run for his father also. Kelly and Charlie began running side by side with 9-year old Maggie as cheerleader. On September 15, Kelly and Charlie will complete their fourth half-marathon in memory of father and husband Chuck. Now 16, Charlie is an official member of TNT, and his goal is to raise $5000. From his TNT page,
"My dad was the one who first convinced me to start running, so I run this race every year now for him and to help raise money against cancer. PLEASE help me in the fight against blood cancers. Thank you in advance."
Charities have raised more than $283 million through the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series since its inception in 1998. In 2013, 16 local charities will benefit from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon.
The Rock n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile race with 2-day Health and Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Music and cheerleaders are positioned along the course. Limited spots are available. You can register and find out more information here.