EDDINGTON – Reaching the peak only further fuels the engine.
“So I said ‘oh I can run five miles, oh I can run seven miles.’ and then before I knew I was like oh I’m going to train for a marathon,” Eddington resident, Sheri Bryant, said.
Bryant has been running for eight years and is set to run in the Sugarloaf Marathon in May, but she’s preparing for it to be canceled or postponed.
“I’m going to get up that morning and start around seven,” Bryant said.
“I run along 178 so I’ll run a little bit into Old Town and turn around and come back and then come back home,” she added.
Home is where you can find her son, Camden.
“I mean he is just a love he smiled through everything,” Sheri said with a smile.
Her nine-year old son was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 21-months-old.
“My first thought was ‘ugh I just want to stuff this cancer inside of me and just take it away from him,’” Bryant said.
“I counted the days it was 1,219 days of chemo. That was his treatment,” she added.
It was a long and arduous journey, but Camden has been cancer-free since October 2015. His courage inspired his mother.
“I’m going to run for Camden in honor of him to raise money for such an important part of our lives,” Sheri said.
“My mantra is be brave, be brave, be brave that’s what I kind of chant to myself as I’m running because that’s the way I picture how he was everyday,” she said.
Bryant is raising money to benefit Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Raish Peavey Haskell Children’s Cancer and Treatment Center.
If you’d like to make a donation please visit her website.