STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Purdue Challenge 5k will be without a familiar face in 2018

The Purdue Challenge 5k will be without a familiar face this year. But this family was determined to carry out an annual tradition.

Posted: Apr 7, 2018 11:16 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2018 11:22 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Before David Blough became a quarterback at Purdue, he and his family faced a challenge off the field.

"I hate it, I do, It's, I hate the disease," said Blough. "I remember people bringing food to the house, and I remember people picking me up and giving me rides to pre-school."

20 years ago David's mother LuAnn was diagnosed with tongue cancer. She recalls a few thoughts after being diagnosed. 

"It could have gone the other way," said LuAnn. "It was definitely life altering. And my cancer I never smoked."

LuAnn recalls the pain. The doctor visits and surgery sometimes lasting nine hours. But, her son, three years old at the time, remembers it differently.

"How to take care of her kids, how to never complain, how to set the example," said Blough. 

20 years later, LuAnn is cancer free, and David is in his final season with the Boilermakers. While LuAnn is not able to participate in this year's Purdue Challenge, she and her son decided to do the walk on their own.

"This walk, this day in general has been one of the best memories that I've had at Purdue," said Blough. 

For those interested in participating in the race, you can register online or in person

West Lafayette
Clear
83° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 89°
Kokomo
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 85°
Rensselaer
Overcast
81° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 85°
Fowler
Overcast
81° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 85°
Williamsport
Clear
83° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 91°
Crawfordsville
Scattered Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 82°
Frankfort
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 77°
Delphi
Scattered Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 86°
Monticello
Scattered Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 86°
Logansport
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 88°
Active Weather Pattern for the Work Week.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 74328

Reported Deaths: 3041
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion15860725
Lake7570275
Elkhart484384
Allen3902163
St. Joseph350081
Hamilton2763104
Vanderburgh196313
Hendricks1887108
Cass17959
Johnson1757118
Porter131639
Clark123347
Tippecanoe121111
Madison97965
LaPorte91130
Howard89065
Kosciusko85212
Bartholomew79347
Marshall78422
Floyd77946
Monroe75630
Delaware73052
Dubois69612
Boone67846
Noble67829
Hancock66038
Vigo65110
Jackson5865
Warrick58130
LaGrange55910
Shelby55327
Grant52630
Dearborn50828
Morgan47634
Clinton4343
Henry38320
Wayne37710
White36910
Montgomery35421
Lawrence34627
Harrison33823
Decatur33732
Putnam2888
Miami2742
Daviess27320
Scott26810
Greene25034
Jasper2432
Franklin24214
DeKalb2324
Gibson2254
Jennings22512
Steuben2103
Ripley2087
Carroll1912
Fayette1897
Perry18612
Starke1787
Orange17124
Posey1710
Wabash1693
Fulton1682
Wells1682
Jefferson1632
Knox1540
Whitley1526
Washington1401
Tipton13810
Spencer1363
Sullivan1261
Huntington1223
Randolph1224
Clay1215
Newton11810
Adams1012
Jay910
Owen901
Pulaski831
Rush804
Fountain742
Brown731
Ohio655
Blackford642
Benton610
Pike530
Switzerland520
Vermillion520
Parke511
Crawford450
Martin450
Union410
Warren221
Unassigned0206

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events