MEDFORD, Ore. — Back in 2010, Karen Baas never expected to be a runner. She was a receptionist at Dr. Edward Helman's office when she complained of neck pain.
When the results of her CT scan came back, her heart sank.
She had cancer.
From there, Baas underwent 6 months of radiation and chemotherapy to treat her Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a type of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system.
On her road to recovery, Baas began riding bikes and at one point completed a ride from Central Point to Ashland... and back. So her cousin, Kathy De Jong, asked if she wanted to run a marathon with her.
Baas was all in.
Together they ran a marathon in Eugene and Baas never looked back. She's now running marathons, ultra marathons, and overnight relays.
Now she's joined forces with a team of cancer survivors, the Cancer Crusher's, as they compete in the 2019 Providence Hood to Coast Relay. They're racing to raise money in partnership with Providence Health and Services to #FinishCancer.
If you want to help Baas reach her donation goal, follow the link here to her page.