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Cary Father To Run Marathon To Honor Wife's Memory

Posted May 30, 2005 4:20 a.m. EDT

— A few months ago John White had never run more than a mile in his life. But now, the Cary man is using 26.2 miles to honor his wife's memory.

On June 5th, the birthday of his late wife Megan, the single father will run a marathon. White, and other members of the local Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, will head to San Diego this weekend for the marathon.

"I thought, 'Oh, I have to do this,'" John White said. "Of course, not being a runner, it was a little daunting."

Three years ago this month, Megan White lost her battle with a rare form of lymphoma.

She was diagnosed eight weeks after the birth of a daughter, Diana, in 2002.

At the time, supporters gathered trying to find Megan White a bone marrow match. She died four months later.

Diana is now three and a half years old. And John White still can't understand why her mother, and his best friend, was taken, he said.

"I've chosen to become a better person instead of a bitter person and try to use our situation to help other people, to teach our daughter how much God has blessed us," White said.

In addition to his training for the marathon, White is raising $10,000 for cancer research.

He said he draws inspiration from Megan's courage.

Her favorite saying, he said, was "With God, all things are possible."

"Megan ran a good race," White said. "She had a very meaningful, important life. And while I still have life, I want to use it as best I can."