Jonesboro Girl Runs to Deliver Message...Cancer Can be Beat

JANUARY 29, 2007 - Posted at 7:35 a.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - When 12-year-old Katelyn Shackelford of Jonesboro runs in a race, she's not just exercising her athletic skills.  She says she's also trying to get out the message that you can beat cancer.

Katelyn battled kidney cancer and beat it.  Now she's living, and running, to tell others about it.  Katelyn ran in a hometown race and later in a 5K race to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, where she was treated.

Temperatures ranged from 17 to 27 degrees on the day of the Memphis race.  But that didn't stop her.  She finished 236 out of 2,000 competitors in the 5K.  Her team helped raise money for the hospital and she feels reinvigorated to keep running and staying healthy.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)