ELBERTA, Ala. (WALA) - Annette Kaechele said her husband, 56-year-old-Corky, was full of life and an energetic man who loved spending time outdoors and with their three kids.
So it's only fitting that hundreds showed up in Elberta despite the rain to participate in a 5k run in his honor.
When Corky was diagnosed in August 2012 with Glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, Kaechele spent the last four months of her life by his side.
"It's a horrific cancer because it takes away who they are. Corky just lost sight of who he was. He couldn't read a ruler anymore and he couldn't read anymore. He didn't know his kids' names anymore," said Kaechele.
However, Kaechele said through her husband's pain and numerous hospital visits and surgeries, he was inspired by children he saw who were battling the disease.
"Corky loved life. He would water ski or go fishing. Whatever it was, he'd do. He realized that these kids didn't have a chance to do those things and he said "Mama, we've gotta help them,'" Kaechele said.
Kaechele said she organized the run at O'Feely's Pub to bring in funds for St. Jude Children's Hospital.
However, Kaechele said raising awareness is her number one goal.
It's a goal many of the runners shared, like Kaechele's cousin Leis Huffman, who was diagnosed with a tumor on her brainstem.
"When I was first diagnosed, I thought it was rare. I thought I was special, but when you start researching, 500 people a day are diagnosed with a brain tumor," said Huffman.
Huffman said seeing the community come together to run for the cause is something Corky would have loved.
"We need to provide more research to get to the bottom of why the numbers so high. We hope as the message spreads, the dollars will come up and we'll find a cure," said Huffman.
Kaechele said she hopes to expand her efforts to help children with brain cancer in the future.
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