Princeton Times


December 28, 2012

Hagerman joins Goofy run for serious cause

PRINCETON — Lenora Hagerman knows that her husband James would be proud of her.
While fighting back tears the day after Christmas, Hagerman said that James died of brain cancer in 2005. She said that he had always supported her and had been proud of her while he was alive.
So, she felt confident to say that James would have been proud to see her travel to Walt Disney World on Jan. 13 and 14 for the Goofy Challenge marathon. It will be Hagerman’s first full marathon and she’s running to help those afflicted by debilitating neurological conditions as a member of the Tug McGraw Foundation.
“I know I didn’t find the McGraw Foundation while [James] was alive,” Hagerman said. “I started running half marathons after his death and noticed all the McGraw Foundation supporters in their red shirts.”
Naturally, after talking with the foundation and finding out who they wanted to help, Hagerman felt drawn to the cause. When a few friends suggested that they travel to Walt Disney World to run the Goofy Challenge, Hagerman couldn’t resist.
She’d always wanted to compete in a full-marathon and what better way to do so then as a member of a foundation that helped those battling the same issues that her husband did?
“I had always wanted to try a full-marathon,” Hagerman said. “When they put the medal around your neck that’s something that very few people get to experience.”
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