VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – There’s a little push before the North End Run Club hits the streets. And in that huge crowd of runners leaving their meeting place at Cox High School, breast cancer survivor Inge Thieleman trains for this weekend’s Rock and Roll Half Marathon at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
“I work a 10 hour shift, and after my shift I quit work, I go for a run. After my run, I go door to door for donations for St. Jude for the kids.” , Inge told us.
She has a special bond with these children who are battling cancer. Three years ago, Inge was treated for breast cancer. The mother of three continues to take a daily pill in the form of chemo.
And for others in a similar battle?
“My message to them is to get up everyday and do your best. Do your best for yourself, for others. Don’t look back, look to the future. The future has a lot to do. offer. Never give up. – fight to the end! “
This is not the first time that Inge has done this. This is her 16th Rock and Roll Half Marathon, raising over $ 20,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and she says there’s one thing that keeps her going.
“I’m tired, I’m exhausted, but when I think about these kids it keeps me going. It gives me all the energy in the world to move on and do what I have to do for them.” , she said.
She says running for them gives her peace of mind.
“You know, I go to bed at night and I’m like, ‘Okay, I can sleep well because I know I’ve done my deed.’ And it’s not only that – the Lord gives me strength. God gives me strength every day. I pray to it every day. I say, ‘Lord, please – guide me through this . ‘”
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For these reasons, News 3 presented Inge with a People Taking Action Award, as well as a $ 300 Visa gift card from our community partner, Southern Bank.
“Oh my God! Thank you!”
And immediately, Inge asked if she could instead take the money from that gift card and donate it to St. Jude.
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