The world lost professional skateboarder Dylan Rieder on Oct. 12, 2016 at the young age of 28 due to complications from leukemia. It was a major blow to the skateboarding world, as Rieder was beloved by all and a transcending talent at the peak of his abilities.

His mother, Dana Ortiz, was his caregiver when he became ill. The two were very close throughout Dylan’s life and Dana had dreams of one day running the Boston Marathon. She had begun training when he became ill, and then put those efforts on hold to take care of Dylan.

Dylan supported her dreams and insisted she still train. Worried about leaving him, she continued her focus on helping Dylan.

Now, Ortiz is currently training for the San Diego Rock & Roll Marathon on June 3 and has started a fundraising campaign in honor of Dylan to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

As Ortiz says on the fundraising page:

“Now I am finally ready to train and run that marathon Dylan and I talked about. So far, my training is going well but it takes more than one person to make up a team. That's why I'm asking you to donate to my Team in Training fundraising page for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! As a team member, I am raising funds to help find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. My personal goal is to raise $10,000 and qualify for the Boston Marathon.”

And at the time of publication, Ortiz has raised over $21,000. It’s an incredible story, and it’s so inspiring that Ortiz gets to pursue her dream that Dylan insisted she go after.

You can find out more information about Dana Ortiz’s fundraising campaign here.

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