What's on Tap

What's on Tap

Outrunning cancer: Marathoner says Team V is 'reason to keep pushing'

Posted March 13, 2015

— Carrie Hendrick is training to run in the Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh Marathon in April, but she is not a typical athlete.

“This is my second bout with cancer,” she said.

About two years ago, Hendrick felt fine when she went for a routine physical examination. Within days, she learned she had ovarian cancer. After several months of remission, the cancer returned last summer.

“(You think) you're invincible and it's not going to be you, and then, when the hair and the eyebrows go, you have this persona and you don't really fit that anymore,” she said.

In the middle of her cancer fight, Hendrick is running on Team V, which is the V Foundation for Cancer Research team taking part in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.

“We've been able to follow her as she trains. It's really inspiring,” said Katie Sweet, a spokeswoman for the V Foundation. “It's inspiring for us working with the team, and it's inspiring for the people running.”

Hendrick also is raising money for the V Foundation, which funds research into all kinds of cancer. She said it’s her way of saying thank you.

“It's a mindset if you continue going, pushing,” she said. “Team V has given me a reason to keep pushing.”

The V Foundation still needs volunteers to help race weekend. Visit the organization’s website to learn more.

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