By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (January 14, 2017) — Stephenville residents Doug and Emily McLemore love to share their passion for running and fitness.
Especially when it benefits a good cause, one that hits particularly close to home for their family.
In the case of the Chevron Houston Marathon – the McLemore’s are running the 13.1-mile half marathon – the cause doesn’t hit close to home, but right at it.
The McLemores are running as part of Team Kidney, runners raising money for the National Kidney Foundation.
“We were invited to join the team and it’s a great way to do something we love while supporting an organization that is going to help our kid,” explained Doug McLemore, president of McLemore Financial Group.
Their daughter, Maddie, 16, is a junior at Stephenville High School and suffers from chronic kidney disease. They have until a month after Sunday’s race to raise at least $750 each, and their goal is actually $1,250 each.
“Of course we’re doing it for Maddie. She was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in early 2009,” McLemore said. “It requires constant monitoring, treatments and specialists we have to see. We don’t know yet what the disease will mean for her long term, but most days it’s a struggle.”
It’s not the first time Doug and Emily, an SHS art teacher, have taken action in support of the National Kidney Foundation. They have supported the organization through kidney walks and other events for years, with this being their first half marathon for the cause.
“We’ve been avid runners since 2012 and done a number of half marathons and local races,” Doug McLemore said. “It’s great to tie in something you love doing with a good cause that helps to support your family.”
Over 26 million Americans suffer from chronic kidney disease, according to facts from the National KidneyFoundation and Kidney.org on Doug’s fundraising profile page. Each year, about 112,000 people – one every five minutes – are diagnosed with kidney failure.