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State Representative completes 100K steps for pediatric cancer awareness

  • April 14, 2016
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State Rep. Patrick Fallon is back at it again with his efforts to help end pediatric cancer. Saturday, Fallon set and completed a goal to hit 100,000 steps on his Fitbit in 24 hours to raise money and awareness for the Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation. No stranger to a challenge, Fallon completed the World Marathon (seven marathons in seven continents in seven days) in January in memory of a little boy named Jonny Wade, who died from cancer last Christmas Eve. After running the World Marathon, Fallon knew he was not finished with Jonny’s cause. Although his participation in the World Marathon helped raise about $85,000 for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation in Tampa, Florida, Fallon wanted to shift gears and help Jonny’s family with their newly founded charity, Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation In Memory of Jonny Wade. “I thought to myself, ‘how can I help kickstart that charity?’” Fallon said. “That’s when the notion came to try 100,000 steps in one day, on the 100th day of the year.” Coincidentally, it turned out that the 100th day of the year landed on what would have been Jonny’s ninth birthday. Fallon said that realization proved God was involved in the effort. “I told Kimberly (Jonny’s mother), “there’s no proof that this is divinely inspired, but there’s no proof that it’s not,” Fallon said. Along with his parents, Jonny left behind a twin brother named Jacky. Fallon wanted to make Jacky’s birthday as special as possible, so he invited the Wades to come from Florida to Texas for the weekend. He knew that first birthday without Jonny would be difficult for the Wade family. Jacky was more than excited about the invitation. “When we arrived Friday night, Pat was ready to begin, and we were exhausted,” Kimberly Wade said with a laugh. Fallon began the challenge at midnight for the “graveyard shift,” where he ran and walked around his neighborhood and Hope Park until 6 a.m. He slept four hours until the final shift at 10:30 a.m. After every 5,000 steps, Fallon stopped and prayed from a list of people who have died or been affected by cancer. When 73-year-old Frisco resident Tom Gerlacher joined Fallon in the challenge, it was time to stop and pray. The first name Fallon saw on the list was Gerlacher’s wife, who died from cancer last year. Fallon said he recognized yet another coincidence as divine presence. That divine presence extended to the Wades, as well. Kimberly said during Jacky’s birthday party Saturday (thrown by Fallon’s wife Susan), she felt Jonny’s presence with her. “I used to whisper to him, ‘send me butterflies,’” Kimberly said. “During the party, a ton of butterflies surrounded my feet. And they were all yellow – the color for pediatric cancer awareness.” At 9:03 p.m., Fallon completed the challenge with the Wade’s standing with him when he hit the 100K mark. Kimberly said they all cheered, hugged and prayed to God and Jonny to thank them. Fallon began the challenge at midnight for the “graveyard shift,” where he ran and walked around his neighborhood and Hope Park until 6 a.m. He slept four hours until the final shift at 10:30 a.m. After every 5,000 steps, Fallon stopped and prayed from a list of people who have died or been affected by cancer. When 73-year-old Frisco resident Tom Gerlacher joined Fallon in the challenge, it was time to stop and pray. The first name Fallon saw on the list was Gerlacher’s wife, who died from cancer last year. Fallon said he recognized yet another coincidence as divine presence. That divine presence extended to the Wades, as well. Kimberly said during Jacky’s birthday party Saturday (thrown by Fallon’s wife Susan), she felt Jonny’s presence with her. “I used to whisper to him, ‘send me butterflies,’” Kimberly said. “During the party, a ton of butterflies surrounded my feet. And they were all yellow – the color for pediatric cancer awareness.” At 9:03 p.m., Fallon completed the challenge with the Wade’s standing with him when he hit the 100K mark. Kimberly said they all cheered, hugged and prayed to God and Jonny to thank them.