This Cancer Survivor Ran a Half-Marathon Dressed as Cinderella for an Empowering Reason
The Disney princess holds a special place in her heart.
Finding functional running gear is a must for most people gearing up for a half-marathon, but for Katy Miles, a fairy-tale ballgown would do just fine.
Katy, now 17, was diagnosed with kidney cancer when she was just four years old. At the time, the only thing that made her get through grueling chemotherapy sessions was to dress up like Disney princesses that made her feel brave. (Related: These Disney Princess Workout Quotes Serve Up Some Serious #RealTalk)
Now, nearly 12 years into remission, she decided to celebrate her good health by running the Great North Run dressed up as her favorite princess of all: Cinderella.
"I decided to run the half-marathon dressed as Cinderella as a throwback to my time going through cancer treatment," Katy wrote in a blog published on the Teenage Cancer Trust website. "It was my first half-marathon and I had so much fun running." (Related: 12 Amazing Finish Line Moments)
Despite only having one kidney, Katy says she lives a very active life. She ran the half-marathon with her dad that took place right by her oncologist's office where she still goes for routine checkups. Hoping to bring awareness for teenage cancer, Katy raised $1,629 for the Teenage Cancer Trust and even had a Cinderella moment of her own along the way. (Related: What It's Like to Run 20 Disney Races)
"I nearly lost my shoe, just like Cinderella, at mile 3 when my lace came undone," Katy wrote, "but managed to keep it on. Maybe that's why I didn't find my Prince Charming!"
Despite the ironic hiccup, Katy plans to run the same race next year and might even opt to channel a different Disney princess when the time comes. Either way, we're so glad that she got the happily ending she deserves.