Liliana Pickens is always up for a walk or run, but there’s a purpose behind every step.
“I’m not here to find a cure for my son’s illness,” Pickens said. “There’s no cure for that. I’m not here to find a cure for cancer, but if I can help someone out, then that’s what we’ll do.”
In 2013, Pickens’ son was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder that requires expensive treatment.
“We were lucky enough that our insurance covered everything, but each chemo that we took was $25,000 and at that point, I looked at my friends and I said, ‘We need to do something to help someone else,’” Pickens said.
Pickens’ friends are the 85 members of the Lake Nona Run Club. Last year, the first ever Lake Nona Half Marathon featured more than 1,000 participants.
This year’s race will benefit three families, including a young girl who just finished undergoing chemotherapy at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando.