A big part of Kevin Kline’s job revolves around meeting strangers and hearing their stories. As the morning DJ on Houston’s New 93Q Kline is used to encountering people from all walks of life. After a visit to Texas Children’s Cancer Center for a morning broadcast in 2005, his perspective on life changed dramatically.
He encountered a few children battling cancer playing together when Kline spotted a teenager who he assumed was a volunteer. He soon learned that the young lady, named Chelsey Campbell, was one of the sicker patients at the center. “She had undifferentiated sarcoma, which is tumors in the soft tissues of her body. Doctors gave Chelsey a 10 percent chance to live another 6 months and see her 16th birthday. She was diagnosed in October 2005, and they didn’t think she’d make it to June 2006.”
Campbell beat the odds and celebrated her 16th birthday, though her fight with cancer ended when she passed away Dec. 9, 2006. “On the 364th day that we would’ve been friends, I buried her as a pallbearer at her funeral,” Kline said.
14 years later, Kline is still sharing Campbell’s story as an ultra-runner. He is currently preparing for his biggest challenge as a runner yet: a 300-mile run on the Dalton Highway, starting at the Arctic Circle sign and finishing at the Deadhorse post office. The journey, which he is calling the Delivering Hope Run, will begin in November 2019 and last nine days. Kline said he hopes to raise more than $200,000 for childhood cancer research while sharing the stories of the hundreds of children he’s met who have either beaten cancer, are currently fighting cancer or have passed away from the disease.
“We hope to defy the odds that very few — if any — people have accomplished before,” Kline said. “We’ve been told that nobody has even tried it before and that it’s virtually impossible to do. We want to deliver the hope that as we finish something, so too, can children defy the odds and beat cancer.”
As part of their Delivering Hope journey, Snowdrop will be holding a fundraiser, Ice Aid 2019, at Peak Performance Warehouse on April 13th. During the Ice Aid event, Snowdrop will also concurrently be holding " DREADmill 'TIl YOU snowDROP," a 24 hour 10 person, 10 team treadmill race. The public is welcome to stop by and learn more about Snowdrop, jump on a treadmill for a few miles, or listen to one of the many guests to be featured on the telethon. For more information please visit the website at snowdropfoundation.org or deliveringhoperun.org.