CINCINNATI — Andrew Allen had already proved the doctors wrong. The 5-kilometer walk was about honoring his brother's memory.
"This one of the greatest moments of my life to watch this," his father, Todd Allen, said Thursday.
Eight months ago, Andrew Allen's family didn't think he'd live to see this day, let alone walk it. That's when Andrew was put on life support and doctors told his family to say their goodbyes.
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"Every step he takes hurts him, but he doesn't complain," Andrew's father said. "He doesn't care. He's just about pushing on and moving on."
Just 11 days before Andrew was hit by a car last November, his family lost Andrew's brother, 2-year-old Brody, to brain cancer.
The Allens walked the Pray Hope Believe Foundation's 5-K to support other families battling the same diagnosis.
Andrew walked through the pain with an angel by his side.
"To honor my brother, Brody," Andrew said. "I think he'd be really proud of me."
Other families walked, too, to honor their loved ones.
"There are at least 10 other families here who have either lost a child or have a child battling brain cancer," said Rick Merk, co-founder of the Pray Hope Believe Foundation. "And it's a day to honor them and give them hope for a better future."
Andrew is still a long way from a clean bill of health, his father said.
“He’s still got some issues to work through, got a long recovery," Todd Allen said. "But today’s a step and, goodness, what a huge step.”
Team Brody was the winner of the 5K. This was the eight year the Pray Hope Believe Foundation held the fundraiser.