For Peachie

by Leah Kirstein on February 19, 2011 at 9:40 am

It was a cold February morning, but the feeling at Vista Golf Course was warm as the community gathered for a 5k fun run to support Vivian "Peachie" Dalton in her fight with Lymphoma.

"It’s been amazing. Some of them I see everyday, some of them it’s been since grade school. It’s just amazing and overwhelming, " said Dalton.

The day became a family affair. Mother’s ran with daughters, fathers with sons but,  it was not about the running. Instead it was about helping with the financial burden of Peachie’s upcoming stem transplantation treatment.

Over 279 crossed this finish line and all of the money made from the  event will go towards  treatment subject to begin next month.  Her treatment will be at Ohio State and the good news is two of her sisters were matches allowing the process to begin.

"I am really excited to get stem cell. There is a lot of work up for it. I’ve gone through a lot of testing and surgeries, things like that and I am just ready to get the stem cell and move on," said Dalton.

Peachie says when you go through something like this you often feel alone. Saturday was a reminder she is not because her family, friends, and the community are there.

"I would just like to thank everyone. We’ve had so many people that have reached out to help," said her brother Vince McGrail.

The stem cell treatment will hopefully knock out the Lymphoma for good, but it will be expensive. With over 5, 000 dollars raised the burden of finances can be eased.

"We know there are going to be a lot of medical expenses but, it’s really important also that she feels how much people really care" said McGrail.

The turn out lets her know they do.


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