CC4C Founder & Executive Director running 10TH CONSECUTIVE BOSTON MARATHON on 4/18/16
Talaya Frazier, CC4C Founder & Executive Director will run 110% of the 2016 Boston Marathon course at age 40 to honor her decade of running for children with rare or undiagnosed disorders. She’ll run the full marathon course, then later finish an additional 2.62 miles with Dave McGillivray (Race Director), who traditionally begins running after the last person finishes the race. Talaya feels running the course at night without race support symbolizes the daily battles of every sick child who never know if or when they’ll get well.
Talaya originally began running the Boston Marathon for her youngest daughter battling a 3-year undiagnosed Failure-to-Thrive condition. Then later competing in Marathons and Triathlons as a Child Ambassador for the Worldvision international humanitarian organization. She leveraged her 2012 Runner’s World cover to start CC4C. Talaya bravely completed the last half of the 2012 Boston Marathon on an agonizing broken leg (Femur) with the encouragement of her CC4C teammate, fellow Runner’s World cover model and professional triathlete/marathon Desire Ficker. Their commitment to cross the finish line for their sponsored children inspired Power Bar’s “You’re Stronger Than You Think” campaign.
Talaya returned the following year with 10 high-profile Austin athletes, each running for their own CC4C child. She set her own personal marathon best after miraculously healing naturally with 3 months of complete bedrest. She continues to bring inspired Texans each year to run Boston wearing lime-green jerseys imprinted with “CC4C Child XXX Finish Line” and purple wristbands with CC4C children’s mottos of how they will reach their recovery finish line. Each CC4C athlete returns home with their Boston Medal to place around their Champion Child’s neck. Talaya says “the simple gift of running for my daughter’s finish line of recovery 10 years ago has evolved into helping and inspiring thousands of people. From young children running CC4C Micro-Marathons to raise funds. To champion high school teams sponsoring children at their games. To celebrities like baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan’s Foundation, World Wrestling Federation’s Mark Calaway (The Undertaker), Olympic-Champion gymnast Mitch Gaylord, Tony “the Sarge” Schumacher (US Army Top Fuel Drag Racing World Champion) and singer/songwriter Jack Ingram using their platforms to raise money to pay the medical expenses of CC4C sponsored children. Cheyanna’s Champions 4 Children (CC4C) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit. CC4C’s Mission is to bring hope, help and inspiration to children suffering from rare or undiagnosed medical conditions and use our resources to reduce diagnosis time. Our Vision is that any child, anywhere, without answers to their illness will have a community to turn to for resources and support to heal.