2Nd Annual Susan's Run raises thousands for young adults fighting cancer

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Despite the rain Saturday, "Susan's Run" in Tempe raised more than $15,000 to benefit the Susan Mortensen Turley Foundation, which helps young adults battling cancer.

The 1-mile, 5k and 10k event was created by Turley's family. The newlywed, who loved running, was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in 2008. Five months later, the 25-year-old lost her fight.

"Most young adults have very advanced cases of cancer when they're diagnosed because they are so strong and healthy, but when the diagnosis comes it's a very difficult battle to fight," said Bruce Mortensen, Turley's father.

According to the foundation's website, 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer each year. About 10,000 of them will die. What's more survival rates for young adults with cancer have not improved since 1975.

In an effort to provide relief and support in the wake of a devastating cancer diagnosis and all that goes with it, the Susan Mortensen Turley Foundation sponsors One Weekend Away – a no-cost, restful and relaxing weekend in a setting where patients and their immediate families can "escape their all-consuming pressures and enjoy a peaceful surrounding."

Saturday's event at Tempe's Kiwanis Park was the second annual Susan's Run.