Nursing student running to help a friend

DNP students Carol Leubke (left) and Jessica Hafford after a previous half-marathon.

DNP students Carol Leubke (left) and Jessica Hafford after a previous half-marathon.

Jessica Hafford is a nursing student enrolled in the doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) program at Brandman University, a military wife and runner. Next week she’ll be running for a cause.

“I am running a half marathon next month for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  I am raising money to help find a cure,” wrote Hafford who will run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Savannah, Georgia, in honor of her friend Lily. Donations can be made by going to /sc/rnrsav15/haffordj. The event will be on Nov. 7.

Lily was a classmate of a fellow military wife and a fellow runner, who Hafford met when they ran a 5k together honoring a fallen police officer. “I’m running a half marathon because I needed to do something, anything from miles and miles away to help my friend. This is what I could do: run. So I am, 13.2 miles,” wrote Hafford.

According to Hafford, her friend is now cancer free but both of them want to do all they can to raise funds to find a cure for leukemia.

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