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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

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