Run On in Support of Amy's House
Amy Alain lived her life with a rare intensity; relentlessly positive and tirelessly kind, she brought beauty and inspiration everywhere she went. A mother to two beautiful children, Adelaine and Christian, and wife to Phil, Amy was a personal trainer and phenomenal athlete; she particularly loved to run. She committed to running 50km or more each week and had her sights set on competing in ultramarathons. She spent most of her training time on the trails around the Whitemud Ravine; truly her happy place, and never let the weather or any other excuse stop her from getting out in nature. After a podium finish at a 25 km trail race, Amy was ecstatic, and hungry for more. Following the race, she developed a deep cough, very unusual for her as she was always incredibly healthy. Amy was diagnosed with lung cancer in May of 2018. She immediately looked for ways to use her experience to help others. She started the Lunges for Lung Cancer Awareness campaign, a social media campaign to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer with the goal of early detection, and to reduce the stigma around lung cancer. During her months of chemo treatments and hospitalizations, Amy was grateful for how close they lived to access the care she needed, and her and Phil started dreaming of opening a home for families from out of town to stay in that was close to hospitals and the cancer treatments they needed. Amy passed away in February of 2019 at the age of 38. In her memory, Phil opened Amy’s House, and made their dream of helping others a reality. This September 2020, Amy would have celebrated her 40th birthday, and 40 km is the furthest she ever ran in one effort before her life was cut too short. Run On 2020 is to honour her life, and celebrate the beautiful legacy she left behind.
In Loving Memory of Amy Alain
September 28,1980 - February 22, 2019
A Home Away From Home
for Cancer Patients