KFOR’s Emily Sutton, Scott Hines going the distance for cancer research
PHOENIX – A pair of familiar faces around NewsChannel 4 will be heading to Arizona as a first step to raise money for an Oklahoma non-profit.
Emily Sutton and Scott Hines area heading to Phoenix to volunteer for this weekend’s Ironman Arizona.
Volunteering for the race guarantees them a spot in next year’s Ironman, where they will be completing a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run.
They have recently started training for the 2014 competition, where they will try and raise $200,000 for the Go Mitch Go Foundation.
The foundation is an Oklahoma-based non-profit that supports the fight against leukemia and lymphoma.
The foundation was formed in 2009 to honor the legacy of Mitchell Graham Whitaker, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 10 from complications associated with leukemia.
Mitch was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia and began chemotherapy at the age of 8.
Over the next two years, he continued to excel in the classroom and on the baseball field despite his frequent hospital stays and chemotherapy.
He had dreams of becoming a doctor and finding a cure for the disease that made him so sick.
Tragically, Mitch relapsed in 2007 and passed away from the cancer 45 days later.
His family decided to take up his cause and attempt to find a cure to save other children from the disease.
Donations to the non-profit go to fund blood cancer research through the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and other partner agencies.
It’s a cause that has touched Scott and Emily’s personal lives.
So far, Scott and Emily have recruited about 12 other Oklahomans to train as a part of “Team Oklahoma” and help them raise money for the foundation.
For more information on the Go Mitch Go Foundation, visit the non-profit’s website.
To learn more about the Arizona Ironman, visit the event’s website.
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