Athlete Name: Sabrina Walker
Tell us a little about yourself
About me: I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and I am ¼ Tlingit Indian (Alaska Native). I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 4 and was told that I would not live past the age of 8.
I participated in X-Country Running & Track and Field in middle and high school. A few months after graduating from high school, a tumor was found on my spine and I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a type of cancer. I went through 4 months of CHOP-R chemotherapy and 1 month of radiation. It was very hard to fight lung infections and I ended up with Pneumonia. I ended up doing at home IV antibiotics every 3 weeks during the duration of the time that I was on Chemo.
I have been cancer free for 8 years!
My husband, Adam, is my rock and support system, we have been married for two years. We have two miniature dachshunds, Oscar & Lola. Our home and heart is in Anchorage, Alaska.
I believe that exercise is essential for my health and airway clearance, so I always have a race or goal that I want to achieve. This keeps me motivated to work towards my goal! I also attend weekly boot camp and personal training sessions.
I enjoy raising money for Cystic Fibrosis! I look forward to the day that a cure is found and I am optimistic that I will be alive to experience this miracle.
“I run because it is a gift to be able to run, because I am able to run.”
Why do I run? I run because it is a gift to be able to run, because I am able to run. For me running is the best form of airway clearance. I don’t always enjoy running but I believe that I need to work my lungs in order to make them stronger. I dream that I will live to see a cure for CF, so I will fight to make that dream a reality.
Each time I run, I am allowing myself the opportunity to breathe one more breath and it reminds me to be grateful for this adventure that we call life!
I have run in 8 half marathons and 2 Lost Lake races (Lost Lake is a 16 mile trail run in Seward, Alaska that benefits Cystic Fibrosis). I hope to beat my Personal Record of 1:59:22 for a ½ marathon this summer!
I plan on running 2 more half marathons this summer, Lost Lake and a full marathon in the fall in Seattle.
So far I have run a half marathon in 3 different states (Alaska, Arizona, Michigan) and I hope to expand that number. Maybe I will be able to experience a half marathon in all 50 states!
My favorite ½ marathon has been the Rock CF Rivers Half Marathon. I participated in this ½ marathon on March 31, 2014. The course was designed to run around a small island in Michigan. It was a beautiful race with a wonderful view, you could even see Canada on the other side of the river!
I felt so thankful and humbled because my cousin met me in Michigan and had been training so she could run in the race with me. At the beginning of the race I almost started to cry because there were thousands of people who were participating in this race to support a cause that directly affects me and so many other people with Cystic Fibrosis. It was a truly inspiring experience! It was also remarkable because a person with CF started the race and there were 24 CF’ers that participated!
To everyone training for a race… My one tip would be to set a goal and follow through with that goal. If your goal is to run a marathon, do all that you can to achieve that goal. Make sure you put in the adequate amount of training and learn about your body in the process. It is also important to take care of your body by stretching, drinking water, eating nutritious food and strengthening it. Remember your goal and keep that in sight, write it down and look at your goal every day!