Earlier this month, former Oregon runner Luke Puskedra placed fourth in the US Olympic marathon trials in Los Angeles, earning the alternate spot on the team if one of the top three runners can't run in Rio. But unfortunately, the thought of the Olympics for Puskedra have been put on hold as his daughter was diagnosed with a form of cancer.
Puskedra and his wife Trudie welcomed their daughter Penelope into the world last July. Recently, Penelope was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a form of cancer found in the adrenal glands, which produce hormones that you cannot live without.
On Wednesday, a Go Fund Me link was created to help the Puskedra family with their medical funds. The support has been incredible with over $40,000 being raised as of Thursday morning at 10:00 AM PT. The page has been up for just over a day.
As expected, there has been nothing but tremendous support from members of the running community.
Fortunately, the Puskedra family recently received some good news.
If you would like to help support a fellow member of our Oregon community, you can make a donation on the Go Fund Me page here.