I Race for the Memory of My Mother

Race Large Banner_2014Guest Writer: Karen Gieseking

I have been a part of the Komen St. Louis Race for the last five years in memory of my mother.

Karen's parents on their wedding day

Karen’s parents on their wedding day

She died at the age of 48 after battling inflammatory breast cancer for 18 months. I was 12, and losing her left an empty place in my life that could never completely be filled up.

I’m 48 now, with two grown-up sons, and a 12-year-old daughter who has my mother’s smile, and I will do anything to stay with her.

I’ve been blessed to experience many joys my mother didn’t get to see. I’ve watched one of my sons get married, graduate from college, cradle his child in his arms. And at every step, I’ve prayed that I’ll be there when it’s my daughter’s turn.

Karen and her daughter

Karen and her daughter

I’ve survived my life, but I would never wish what I went through on anyone else.

Join us for the 16th Annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure on Saturday, June 14. Visit www.komenstlouis.org.

Why do you race? Share your story: prstories@komenstlouis.org.

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