Washington, D.C. 5K Walk/Run
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is delighted to recognize Team ceh/ghl as the MMRF Spirit of Hope Honoree at the 2015 MMRF Team for Cures: Washington D.C. 5K Walk/Run.
Team ceh/ghl Story
Ashley Taylor of Team ceh/ghl ran the MMRF Team for Cures 5K Walk/Run in Washington D.C. for the first time in 2007 as an individual participant. Her father, Carl E. Hall, had died two years before that. Ashley thought it would be therapeutic to run the race and to raise a little money was a bonus. Carl ran frequently when Ashley was younger, and with two young children at home, Ashley started running as well as an efficient way to get some exercise. In 2008, pregnant with her third child, Ashley walked in the Washington D.C. 5K with a few friends. In 2009 they formed their own team. Gail H. LaRose, a dear family friend, was diagnosed with MM in June 2009. The following year, Gail and her family were added to the team. Team ceh/ghl was created in memory of Carl and in support of Gail, who everyday shows us research makes a difference!
Together, the Taylor and LaRose families became a MMRF force. Ashley feels their team represents both the before and after, past and present, by honoring her dad’s life and by celebrating Gail.
The team name, Team ceh/ghl, is formed from Ashley’s dad’s initials and Gail’s initials. Carl frequently, and especially in writing, favored addressing family members by initials. One race day tradition the team always includes is breakfast. Each year the team has breakfast goodies, fruit, juices, and, of course, coffee.
In 2002, when Carl was diagnosed with MM, he was told he had two years to live, but he lived five. When Gail was diagnosed in June 2009, the first thing the doctor told Gail was not to pay attention to what she read on the internet. The doctor assured Gail MM research was advancing rapidly with much more coming down the pipeline. The doctor was right. Research does make a difference. Gail is now six and a half years into living with multiple myeloma, and she feels good. She feels grateful. She spends much of her time with family and friends and lives an active lifestyle. She believes in MMRF and what it does and how it does it. The team finds the MMRF and participating in the Washington D.C. race every year to be a symbol of hope.
“You can’t help but be inspired…we absolutely love the “Living Proof” photo!”
Ashley has always loved that the D.C. race is held in November, but this year it happens to fall on the ten-year anniversary of Carl’s passing. The team thanks its many supporters and is honored to be recognized and thankful to the people of MMRF.
MMRF works tirelessly to find a cure and extend the lives of patients like Carl and Gail and is proud to honor Team ceh/ghl as the 2015 recipient of the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award, given at every MMRF 5K Walk/Run event to a person or team who inspires hope and shows extraordinary commitment to the MMRF.