A Race to Fight Cancer

A Race to Fight Cancer

Melanoma survivor Lynn Knippers discusses her cancer battle and encourages participation in the annual ACS Run For Hope July 20.


Lynn Knippers never thought of herself as a sun worshiper. She had friends who spent a lot of time in the sun, and some who even used tanning beds. It was just daily life, and an admitted lack of sunscreen, that led to her melanoma diagnosis.

“I had a headache that would not go away,” Knippers says. “Then I began having problems walking straight, along with nausea and vomiting. My wife Barb took me to the emergency room, and we thought it was a migraine.”

It was a lot more serious than that. Doctors performed a CT scan, and found two tumors in her brain and two more near her lung and heart.

Lynn KnippersKnippers says, “Barb started crying, but I went into a ‘taking care of business’ mode – or in my exact words, ‘I’m going to beat this s**t.’ I must admit I asked the doctor for some valium, but I had a determination about me that I was going to win this fight.”

So the treatments began, and there soon were signs of improvement. It was a very long road, but today Knippers says she has been tumor-free since 2015.

Later this month she is leading a group of “Ambassadors” for the Oklahoma American Cancer Society’s Second Annual “Run For Hope,” beginning at 7 a.m. July 20 at the OU Health Sciences Center, 1100 N Lindsay.

“We plan to start early before it gets too hot,” says Alicia Jackson, community development manager for OKACS. “This fun run, 5K and 10K gives supporters a chance to walk or run in honor or memory of a loved one who has battled any form of cancer. It’s a family-friendly event, and we hope everyone will come out and join us. At OKACS we are attacking cancer every day, but we need the public’s support to continue the good fight.”

For additional information on “Run For Hope” or to register, go to RunForHopeOKC.org.



  • More than 1.7 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2019.
  • In the US, approximately 39 out of 100 men and 38 out of 100 women will develop cancer during their lifetime
  • The 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers combined has increased substantially since the early 1960s, from 39% to 70% among whites and 27% to 63% among blacks.




Lace up your running shoes and add these health-conscious races to your calendar


2019 Run Like Health 5K

Friday, July 12
Wheeler Ferris Wheel
1701 S Western Ave, OKC


Caleb’s Cause Foundation’s 8th Annual 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run

Friday, Aug. 23 – Saturday, Aug. 24
Lake Hefner
9101 Lake Hefner Pkwy, OKC


OKC Brain Tumor Walk/5K Run Believing for a Cure

Saturday, Sept. 14
Stars and Stripes Park
3701 S Lake Hefner Drive, OKC


Save Your Skin 5K

Friday, Sept. 20 – Saturday, Sept. 21
Wheeler Ferris Wheel
1701 S Western Ave, OKC


St. Jude Walk/Run

Saturday, Sept. 28
Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 W Reno Ave, OKC


Outpace Cancer Race

Friday, Oct. 4 – Saturday, Oct. 5
Stephenson  Cancer Center
800 NE 10th St, OKC


2019 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk

Sunday, Oct. 6
Stars and Stripes Park Lake Hefner
3701 S Lake Hefner Drive, OKC