Run for Your Life: Remembering Steve Palesch

BOISE - A local woman, who knows what it's like to lose a loved one to Leukemia, isn't giving up hope in finding a cure for the disease.

Shauri Palesch is determined to raise money for research because she has a very personal connection to it.

Last year, her husband Steve was diagnosed with Leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells.

It starts in the bone marrow, and when you have Leukemia, the bone marrow starts to make a lot of abnormal white blood cells.

Over time, they crowd out the normal blood cells.

This can lead to serious problems such as anemia, bleeding and infections.

Steve fought Leukemia for 11 months, but in the end, lost his battle with the disease.

"Anyone who has gone through any experience like that, where a loved on is battling a medical condition that you can't do anything about - you learn that it's a very, very helpless feeling that you can't help them medically," Shauri said.

But, she points out... you can be there in other ways.

First, get on the bone marrow registry and be a donor.

Give blood and give platelets.

And take part in walks to raise money for research.

Shauri recently held a walk at her employer's offices, New York Life Insurance Company for the Fifth Annual "Run for Your Life" in memory of her husband, Steve.

All net proceeds went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The 5K and 10K walk took place on Saturday, August 3rd.