Cowabunga 5K: Race for a cause - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Cowabunga 5K: Race for a cause

Kenda Steel-Girod's son, Gregory, died from Leukemia 20 years ago at just 6 years old. Kenda Steel-Girod's son, Gregory, died from Leukemia 20 years ago at just 6 years old.
Kenda Steel-Girod lost both her son and her husband to cancer. Kenda Steel-Girod lost both her son and her husband to cancer.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The Cowabunga 5K is a race on June 18 in Cape Girardeau with a very special cause.

Organizer, Kenda Steel-Girod lost both her son and her husband to cancer. Her son, Gregory, died from Leukemia 20 years ago next week at just 6 years old. Her husband, Jeff, later lost a battle with brain cancer. Steel-Girod said that's why this race and even it's name, "Cowabunga," mean so much to her and her family.

"We took him (Gregory) to Disney World on a Make a Wish trip back in 1991," Steel-Girod said. "He loved the Ninja turtles and being that it's such a big anniversary I wanted to do something special," she added.

"My husband died three years later from brain cancer so I wanted to honor them both. I thought this would be the perfect thing."

The Cowabunga 5K is June 18. The race starts Saturday morning at the Show-Me Center at 8 a.m. Registration is $30. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and The American Brain Tumor Association. Runners and walkers can sign up on race morning, just make sure to arrive early. Everyone who runs or walks will get a T-shirt.

Steel-Girod also needs volunteers.

If you'd like to volunteer in the Cowabunga 5K you can e-mail Steel-Girod at:   cowabunga5k@gmail.com.

Copyright 2011 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • SPONSORED BY SOUTHEAST HEALTHHealthMore>>

  • Children & smartphones: What are the risks?

    Children & smartphones: What are the risks?

    Friday, February 23 2018 11:05 PM EST2018-02-24 04:05:38 GMT

    We are probably all guilty of not being about to put down the phone. And with kids getting their hands on them younger and younger, it is raising the concern of the health risks.  A recent survey by common sense media found nearly half of parents worry that their child is addiction to their cell phone. Mom Jackie Collins often worries about the amount of time her kids are spending glued to their phone. For her teenage son, it's almost like a full time job. "50 hours tot...

    We are probably all guilty of not being about to put down the phone. And with kids getting their hands on them younger and younger, it is raising the concern of the health risks.  A recent survey by common sense media found nearly half of parents worry that their child is addiction to their cell phone. Mom Jackie Collins often worries about the amount of time her kids are spending glued to their phone. For her teenage son, it's almost like a full time job. "50 hours tot...

  • 103 cases of Hep. A confirmed since first of the year in KY

    103 cases of Hep. A confirmed since first of the year in KY

    Friday, February 23 2018 7:02 PM EST2018-02-24 00:02:00 GMT
    103 case of Hep. A in KY reported (Source: Raycom Media)103 case of Hep. A in KY reported (Source: Raycom Media)

    Since Jan. 1, the Kentucky Department of Health has confirmed 103 cases of acute Hepatitis A. 

    Since Jan. 1, the Kentucky Department of Health has confirmed 103 cases of acute Hepatitis A. 

  • Health officials urging drug users to get tested for HIV

    Health officials urging drug users to get tested for HIV

    Thursday, February 22 2018 2:04 PM EST2018-02-22 19:04:09 GMT
    43 cases of HIV have been reported as of Feb. 21 (Source: Raycom Media)43 cases of HIV have been reported as of Feb. 21 (Source: Raycom Media)
    103 case of Hep. A in KY reported (Source: Raycom Media)103 case of Hep. A in KY reported (Source: Raycom Media)

    Health officials say an investigation into a cluster of HIV infections in northern Kentucky has turned up more cases and they are encouraging intravenous drug users to get tested.

    Health officials say an investigation into a cluster of HIV infections in northern Kentucky has turned up more cases and they are encouraging intravenous drug users to get tested.

Powered by Frankly