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DetermiNation – One Hoosier Family’s Fight Against Cancer

September 29, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS - A Hoosier family is making a difference through the American Cancer Society's DetermiNation endurance event, which gives participants the chance to make every mile more meaningful.

Rick and Denise Cote decided in 2009 to raise funds through DetermiNation after Rick's father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The couple enjoyed taking part every year in the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon.

"Little did we know - about two weeks after I joined the program - my husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. He had a brain tumor called a glioblastoma, which is a very aggressive form of brain cancer."

Denise says her father-in-law passed away within six months of diagnosis. Rick ran with her for four miles of the mini marathon in 2010 - even as he was being treated for his brain cancer - and died in October.

"In the 2010 event, he had finished radiation and surgery and was doing bi-weekly chemotherapy, but he still ran four miles of the mini with me that year."

Cote says the DetermiNation program helps her family cope.

"We had already decided to be involved with DetermiNation every year because it made a huge impact in our lives, and the money raised is so important in the fight against cancer."

The next event is the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon on Nov. 5. While participants raise funds, the DetermiNation program offers training, race entry and other amenities. More information is online at acsdetermination.org.

Leigh DeNoon, Public News Service - IN