Allison Thurz carefully pinned the small white placard to the back of her brother's grey sweatshirt on a brisk Sunday morning at Rentschler Field.
The message on Ryan's back was a simple statement purely in terms of words, but powerful in meaning – "I am walking for my grandpa Ed and grandma Pat."
Allison and Ryan lost both of their maternal grandparents to lung cancer in a span of one year. Their grandparents were diagnosed in 2012 - six weeks apart from each other – with the same type of lung cancer. Grandpa Ed passed away in August of 2013 and Grandma Pat in June of 2014.
"They were such a close couple so it's really good that we're honoring...