Raleigh friends battle illness while preparing for City of Oaks Marathon
Training for a marathon is tough enough. Two Raleigh women are doing that while battling ALS and breast cancer while sharing an ever-stronger bond.Posted — Updated
As Charney watched her friend's determination and resiliency, she didn't realize she'd soon have to channel that energy for her own battle.
She was preparing to run the Boston Marathon when she found a lump in her breast. It was cancer.
Charney said she didn't set out to prove something. Instead, she applied the lesson learned from Peet to just live her life.
"I was going to run a marathon, and I got the diagnosis, and I didn't want the diagnosis to get in my way," she said.
Together, Peet and Charney are preparing for the City of Oaks Marathon Nov. 1. One is undergoing chemotherapy. The other will use a recumbent tricycle to participate. But their willpower and friendship are unwavering.
"It takes a really strong mental person to do any kind of event, and I've said that about any race that I've done," Charney said.
"The physical is the second part. You just have to get the right mindset."
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