Cancer survivor to run Nashville marathon for friend with leukemia

Rebecca Mason and Bob Goodrich (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Many of the runners in this weekend’s St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon and ½ Marathon are racing for a cause.

That’s certainly true of Rebecca Mason. She’s dedicating her half-marathon run to her friend Bob Goodrich.

Mason, a breast cancer survivor herself, decided to run this year’s race after Goodrich was diagnosed last year with leukemia.

Rebecca Mason (Photo: WKRN)

“Standing on the sidelines watching him go through it is very difficult,” said Mason. “So I just felt like I wanted to do something for him.”

Along the way, Mason is raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

She’s already raised nearly $4,000 to support cancer patients and research.

“It’s overwhelming,” said Goodrich. “You need all the morale boosters you can get when you’re going through this. And this has been a big one.”

Mason is part of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, which has prepared 500 teammates for the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and ½ marathon.

Together, the group has raised $400,000.