Becca’s story is one of triumph
Becca DeBee was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma last year, which completely changed her life, she said, as she began fighting cancer.
“Being physically fit is a very important part of recovering,” DeBee said in a video. “It helps by keeping your spirits up and makes you feel better.”
She said the LIVESTRONG program at the Y has meant everything to her and it has changed her life because it was there she met staff member Ashley Grubb, health and wellness director at the Edmond YMCA.
“When Ashley found out I was interested in running the half (marathon) she stepped up and said we are going to train together,” DeBee said. “She helped me on Tuesdays and Thursdays working out and running with me and encouraging me.”
When time came to run the half together, DeBee said, “Doing the half together was a bonding experience for us. The day of the race was surreal. I remember thinking a year ago I could not hardly walk to get the mail. It was a challenge.”
DeBee said when she hit the 10-mile mark it was like she hit a wall and she began tearing up.
“Ashley said, ‘You can do this.’ I said, ‘I can’t do this. I am going to die.’ Ashley responded with, ‘You almost already did die. This is not that. You can do this.’”
Ashley’s encouragement helped DeBee and she did do it.
“I crossed the line and we were hugging and crying,” DeBee said. “If it weren’t for the LIVESTRONG program I wouldn’t be where I am at now. I wouldn’t have gotten the support, love and friendship I have gotten. I know I would not have had the courage to try and do a half marathon without the staff helping me.”
The 2013 YMCA Kick Off will be from 6-7:30 p.m. today at the Mitch Park Multipurpose Activity Center, 2733 Marilyn Williams Dr.
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