Newcastle First Baptist Church pastor Jeremy Freeman honored his son’s life in the Oklahoma City marathon last weekend and wants to continue by running for charity in Chicago.
Freeman plans to raise $1,500 for Endure to Cure, an organization that raises money for cancer research through sponsors who participate in fundraising exercises.The 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is unique in that it only accepts entrants who run on behalf of a charity, Freeman said.
More than 10,000 people ran in the 2013 marathon and raised money for more than 140 local, national and global causes, according the marathon’s website, Chicagomarathon.com
Freeman will run in memoriam of his 7-year-old son, Trey, who died last year from a rare form of leukemia.
“There is not one day that goes by that he doesn’t inspire me,” Freeman said. “He’s my hero.”
Freeman, along with many other supporters from his church and the Newcastle community, ran to honor Trey in Saturday’s half-marathon portion of Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.
Freeman found inspiration to honor his son’s memory in a Bible verse that reads, “Let us run with endurance the race set before us,” he said. “My son ran his race … and he had tremendous endurance.”
Doctors diagnosed Trey with X-Linked Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome (X-SCID) in 2012 and he spent more than 280 days in a Dallas hospital fighting the cancer.
X-SCID keeps the body from making enough of a certain kind of white blood cell and that, in turn, causes other kinds of white blood cells to become defective. Trey received two bone marrow transplants along with chemotherapy in attempts to treat the cancer.
Anyone wishing to donate to Freeman’s cause can go to http://enduretocure.org/team/athletes/jeremy-freeman/