Texas Runner Raised $300,000 in 14 Years To Help Cancer Patients, Survivors Go to College

This Fort Bend County runner makes it his mission to help provide scholarships for cancer patients and cancer survivors, marathon for marathon.

In Missouri City, Texas, a runner named Larry DeSpain gives hope for cancer
patients and cancer survivors to get a college education. DeSpain has managed to raise a whopping $300,000 for the Snowdrop Foundation — a foundation whose main goal is to help cancer patients and childhood cancer survivors enter college through scholarships.

Larry Despain first became acquainted with the Snowdrop Foundation 14 years ago. In addition to raising funds for children’s colleges, the foundation also raises awareness and funds research aimed at curing childhood cancers at the Texas Children Cancer Center. DeSpain has become the third largest fundraiser for the organization. During his freshman year, he was able to show dedication and success by making $3,500 – a big feat for a beginner.

Aside from his work with the Chevron Houston Marathon, Despain also started his program called Bling for Bravery. With this initiative, he collects old and used race finish medals, refurbishes them by adding new ribbons and gives them to young patients to honor their strength as they fight their disease. It may seem like a simple act, but it is
symbolizes the power of these children to fight the disease and is also a satisfying and meaningful experience for these children to receive a medal.

Larry DeSpain undeniably embodies the caring spirit of Texas and through all these initiatives is the human embodiment of hope for cancer patients and cancer survivors. We look forward to his further work!

Thanks all (sources):

ABC 13 & Snow Drop Foundation

Featured image: (left) Snowdrop Foundation, (right) ABC 13 Instagram as embedded

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