Kevin Kline is a member of the KB brigade because he’s a trailblazer in radio, philanthropy, fundraising for cancer research and ultra-endurance running. And evamor is right there with him, keeping him hydrated as he starts each day and finishes each marathon.
In 2005, while working at KKBQ-FM in Houston, TX during his 15th year as a morning radio host, Kevin Kline met a then 15-year-old girl who had recently been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Chelsey Campbell wasn’t expected to live long enough to celebrate her 16th birthday. When Campbell defied the odds and did celebrate her 16th birthday, Kline and his wife, Trish presented her with the gift of a lifetime, a non-profit organization named Snowdrop Foundation.
Snowdrop Foundation, dedicated to raising funds for continued pediatric cancer research and for college scholarships for childhood cancer patients and survivors, is now Chelsey’s legacy, as she passed away on December 9, 2006. Kline and his wife still run the foundation, which has now expanded into a chapter in Wisconsin and has donated over $1.35 million since its inception.
Before Chelsey died, she had a marathon surgery, which inspired Kline to take up the sport of endurance running. Kline ran his first marathon in January 2007. He ran that race with fractures in both shins. He ran that race to honor Chelsey and all of the other kids who struggle to beat their cancer diagnosis. He ran that race in 3:44:49, which is still the fastest marathon of his career.
Since that first marathon, Kline has run 62 total sanctioned marathons and longer, ultra-marathons. He has run a marathon or longer in 26 different states and on 3 separate continents in his quest to run in all 50 states and on all 7 continents before his 50th birthday.
When the marathon distance became comfortable, Kline went searching for more challenges to tell the story of how much pain kids with cancer must endure. That is when he created his annual December Fund-Urance Run.
In December 2009, Kline completed a 13-day, solo run across Texas totaling 482 miles.
In December 2010, Kline ran for 24 continuous hours on a treadmill and then immediately ran a half-marathon race.
In December 2011, Kline ran 62 miles per day for 7 consecutive days.
In December 2012, Kline ran 62,000 stadium stairs and then a 30K (18.6 miles) race.
In July 2013, Kline ran 15 marathons in 15 consecutive days.
In December 2013, Kline ran a .76 mile loop for 55 consecutive hours.
In 2012, Kline was selected as one of six global ambassadors for Worth The Hurt, a charitable umbrella promoting fundraising through ultra-running.
Kline has many more years left in radio, millions more to raise for children with cancer and many, many more miles to run, all with evamor by his side.
Kline starts his day with a cup of coffee made with evamor. Kline has a bottle of evamor with lunch and during his training and annual fund-urance run, Kline stays hydrated with evamor.
Kevin Kline knows better radio, better philanthropy and better running with evamor.
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