URBANA, ILL - When you step foot on the University of Illinois campus on a weekday, it is easy to see just how hurried things are. From students walking to class, to busses whizzing past, it is all about keeping up a fast pace. However, on a quiet stretch of Wright Street, Nancy Warner is an admitted exception to the rule. It is because Warner, who came in last place during her first Presence Health 5K several years ago, is happy to be able to walk in the event at all.
"Accomplishments can be measured in different ways, just to cross the 50 yard line is a perfect accomplishment." says Warner
The past decade has brought many challenges for Warner. First, her son Jack Schumacher was severely injured while serving in the military in Afghanistan. His injuries were so severe that he needed to have his leg amputated. After months of caring for Jack, Nancy returned home and had a routine colonoscopy, where it was discovered that she had colon cancer.