Erin McClure's father, Gary "Rock" McClure, a 1973 ECU graduate, died of a brain tumor in May 2001. He was diagnosed with glioblastoma when she was a high school senior. She watched her healthy, vibrant father slowly lose his battle with the disease.
"I think that experience will make me a better health care provider," said McClure, a graduate student in the physician assistant studies program in ECU's College of Allied Health Sciences. "Because of that, I'll have a better understanding of what people go through during difficult times."
"What gets me through more than anything else is that I've made commitments I want to live up to," McClure said. "I want to prove to myself that I can do it."
McClure's fundraising goal is $1,000 for the American Brain Tumor Association. She will collect donations through Nov. 14. For more information, go to http://www.active.com/donate/abta2008/myrock.
Coton's fundraising goal is $1,500. She is close to reaching her goal. For more information, go to http://www.firstgiving.com/angelacoton.
McClure is a regular runner but has never run in a marathon. To prepare,McClure and Cotonhave followed a weekly training schedule that varied from three-mile to 16-mile runs and cross training with swimming or riding a bike. They increased their mileage by 20 percent each week, building up to a 20-mile run a couple of weeks ago.
(Editor's note: McClure's timewas 5 hours, 31 minutes and Coton's time was 5 hours, 42 minutes. They raised more than $2,500.)