A local woman is going up against the country's best to race for a cause. She's doing it in honor of her aunt at the Houston Inline Marathon.
Deana Bordelon's aunt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years ago. Since then she has raised several thousand dollars for research. Last year she did a walk and this year she's doing what she and her aunt loved to do together.
"I go out and rollerblade for a good hour and a half," said Bordelon. "I push myself a little bit further."
You could say Deanna Bordelon has some big shoes to fill.
"She actually left me her rollerblades and I've used them quite a few times," said Bordelon. "The first time was really emotional."
She's lacing up for the biggest event in her life and its not for a medal or bragging rights. She's doing it in honor of her aunt.
Carla McKenzie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a day after mother's day in 2008. It came as shock to the family since McKenzie was an active and competitive woman.
"(She would go) biking, rollerblading, and kayaking," said Bordelon.
McKenzie went through intense chemo, even then, the 52 year old mother never lost her smile. She wanted to raise awareness and fundraise for pancreatic cancer research.
"She was really sure that she was going to beat this cancer," said Bordelon.
After just four months, she lost her battle.
"It's so hard because it's such a fatal cancer and most people don't survive it," said Bordelon.
Bordelon is now pushing herself to do what her aunt didn't get to do. This fall she will be racing in the Houston Inline Marathon and going up against professional from all over the country.
"That's why I want to be competitive even though I don't have that professional training background," said Bordelon.
Bordelon knows it will be a tough challenge but she says she feels her aunt's spirit right beside her when she trains.
"I really want to make a good showing," said Bordelon. "I wan to maker her proud."
She knows on the day of the race it won't be any different.
According to the National Cancer Institute this year there have been about 43,000 cases out of that 36,000 people have died. Bordelon will be donating some money to the Methodist Cancer Research Center.
The Houston Inline Marathon will be on November 6th. You can visit there page at: http://houstoninlinemarathon.com/index.php
Bordelon has already received a few donations but hopes to get more before the race.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times