Anne Rowley, Lomeo's mother, was told in February that she had an eight-year-old tumor, which was causing her to have seizures. Rowley has since had surgery to remove it, and she is now recovering and doing well.
“She kept telling me that I have to find a way to make this experience a positive experience,” said Lomeo, 20.
Rowley had run the Chicago Marathon in the past, so Lomeo decided to run it this year with her mother as inspiration.
Lomeo ran cross country and played lacrosse for Grand Haven High School. She is heading into her junior year at Grand Valley State University.
Lomeo plans to run the 26.2-mile course of the Oct. 13 marathon with goal of raising $1,500 for the American Brain Tumor Association. She is training for it by running five or six times a week.
“I’m doing it more by minutes rather than miles,” she said.
Rowley and Lomeo are heading to Chicago the Friday before the race and staying for the weekend.
Runners come from all over the country and from more than 100 countries each year participate in the Chicago Marathon. More than 10,000 runners ran for 160 local, national and global causes in last year's marathon.
— By Riley Thyfault, Tribune intern