5K for Kinsley, Pueblo community shows support for girl battling cancer

PUEBLO — 5-year-old Kinsley Streyle started showing flu-like symptoms in 2020, so her mother, Bethany, took her for a COVID-19 test. Within 24 hours of receiving a negative coronavirus test, Kinsley was rushed to Denver Children’s Hospital and diagnosed with cancer.

“One day you’re going to be all right to… you get heartbreaking news,” said Kinsley’s father, Karl, as he pondered the discovery that his daughter had leukemia.

“Every parent’s worst nightmare, for sure.”

Since then, the Streyles say the outpouring of support from the Pueblo community has been overwhelming.

“Yet in spite of everything, I mean the amount of support we have – family, friends, people we don’t know, I mean… There are so many wonderful people.”

On Saturday, August 14 at 8:00 AM, Addict 2 Athlete, in partnership with other organizations in Pueblo, will have a “5K for Kinsley” from Fire Station 4 on the south side of Pueblo. Registration closed on Wednesday, but those who want to participate can still show up the morning of the event.

The Fire Fit Kids, a summer program of Pueblo’s Fire Department, will host the event.

“Our community is the most exciting part for me, to be able to give back…there are no words to express it,” said Tim Trujillo, who leads the Fire Fit kids.

The group participates in community events and teaches the kids what it’s like to be a firefighter.

“By the end of the day, their confidence has skyrocketed. They realize they can do things they didn’t think they could do.”

For more information about the Fire Fit Kids, click here.

For more information on the 5K for Kinsley, click here.

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