Danielle Flaming is 32 years old. She is a wife and mother. She is a first grade teacher at South Breeze Elementary. And she is battling breast cancer — but she's not doing it alone.
Her long-time friends Leisa Martens and Carol Budde have organized a walk/jog/run called "Pink the Pace" to raise funds for Flaming to support her in her fight against breast cancer.
"She is a trooper," Budde said of Flaming, who lives in Hesston and has two children, ages 4 1/2 and 2 1/2. "She is a sweetheart, a friend of many."
Flaming discovered the cancer during a self-exam in February. She has since undergone a double mastectomy and will be battling her cancer through chemotherapy for the next year.
Martens has run a daycare service for about 20 years and has cared for Flaming's children and the children of Budde, who is a teacher at Santa Fe. The idea for the fundraiser came from an article Martens found in a women's magazine and shared with Budde.
The event is a two mile walk, jog or run that begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 16 at Athletic Park. Cost is $25 per person and includes a T-shirt. You can sign up as a team or individual. Families are encouraged to participate together.
They have already earned $5,000 from a golf tournament at Sand Creek Station and hope "Pink the Pace" also will be a success.
Martens said Flaming's friends, family and faith are carrying her through her fight.
"She's rising above it," Martens said.
Deadline to register for the fundraiser is Aug. 1. To sign up for the event or donate to the cause, contact Martens at 217-1101 or Budde at 283-5980 or email FlamingPinkthePace@gmail.com.