“I believe in never giving up and living life to the fullest”-Alex Cenoz

Every 5 minutes someone is diagnosed with leukemia. On May 2, 1997 one of those people was my son Alex Cenoz. Alex was just 2 when he was diagnosed. He underwent 131 weeks of chemo and finished treatment in 1999. That day started a journey that continues to this day. Alex’s treatment may have ended but our fight to put an end to Leukemia and other blood related cancers goes on.

In 1999 my husband Jeff and I signed up with the Team in Training to do our first marathon in Honolulu. Neither of us had ever done a endurance event but we believed in the cause. Together we raised $7,000 and completed our event. Since that first race Jeff and I have fundraised and trained for 18 events and raised over $70,000 for TNT.

We are very excited to be involved with the SLO Marathon coming in April. Not only will we get to show off this beautiful place we live, but TNT will be participating. Jeff will be coaching our local team and Alex will be running his first half marathon. He’s been to many events in our 12 years with TNT but this one is going to be extra special.

Alex is 17 now and a senior at Arroyo Grande High School. He’s on the Varsity Basketball Team (GO EAGLES!) and just applied to college for next year. Alex never let’s what he went through get him down. To quote an essay that Alex wrote his freshman year.

“Life is not fair and anything can happen.
Determination and perseverance can get you over the hump.
Whenever an obstacle comes in my life now, I fight through it.
I am so fortunate for where I am and what I have in my life.”

Hope to see you all in SLO in April.

Jeniene Cenoz