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American Diabetes Association
Support Team Xyience athlete LaShay Marks as he races the Salt Lake City Spartan Beast! This race is dedicated to his mother who recently had her second leg amputated due to diabetes, and for the American Diabetes Association. 

For more information and to donate to LaShay's cause, click here!

Date & Time:

Saturday, June 28 at 8:00AM

Location:
Solider Hollow
2002 Olympic Drive
Midway, UT 84049


A message from Team Xyience athlete LaShay:

"Dear Friends and Family,

For the past few years now, my mother, Shirley A. Marks, has faced the challenge of being a diabetic. As a result of being a diabetic she has had to have both of her legs amputated. Being a diabetic means our family grapples on a daily basis with blood checks, carbohydrate counts and insulin dosage calculations. These efforts will not make the disease go away; they merely manage it in the hope of averting seizures or coma, and longer-term consequences such as vision impairment and nerve damage.

The only way to eliminate these risks is through a cure. It really saddens me at times, and I feel helpless because I have to watch the woman who, took care of me, nurtured me, and made me the man I am today suffer and there is nothing I can do to take her pain away, as she did with me so many times when I was sick.

“Shine” this is my mothers nickname! They have always called her that as long as I can remember, and it wasn't until she started getting sick from diabetes and having her limbs removed, that I finally understood why they called her that. “Shine”, they call her that because every time you see her she is smiling. Even till this day I have not heard her complain, cry, whimper, or feel sorry for herself because of not having any legs. It is because of her strength, her will to keep moving forward, and living a positive life that I am able to step out on faith and do something to help her and others.

On June 28th, 2014 I will be running an obstacle race (Reebok Spartan Race, Utah), that is 12 plus miles with 25 plus obstacles. This race will be dedicated to her, because so often we do things for people when they are gone, but I want to celebrate her while she is still here!

Thank you for your support!!" 

For more information on the race, click here!

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