After battling cancer for two years, my high school friend Claire Frick passed away from Stage 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma on March 1, 2012 surrounded by her mom Jane and family, and the fierce support and love from multiple friends. She loved art and singing.
That fall, my Philly college friends joined me in celebrating Claire's life, remembering other friends lost to cancer, and running the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 5K run for Team Claire Frick. And I've been running (or walking) and thinking about Claire each September that I've been in Philly.
In the fall of 2014, my new college friend Arthur Halim was studying abroad in Chile and was diagnosed with leukemia. He had to come home early from study-abroad to receive immediate care. While he was able to come back to campus the Spring of 2016, he passed away on July 30th, 2016. Exactly one year ago.
So this year unfortunately, Team Claire Frick will be expanding to capture the kind spirit of Arthur Halim. In memory and honor of my two friends, I'm heading back to Philly this September to athletically and financially establish my stance again childhood cancer. Please consider donating or running to support all children affected by a disease they shouldn't have to worry about.
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