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Boy running Bloomsday race in honor of friend with cerebral palsy

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“I'm running for a cause. I'm running for someone I love." “I'm running for a cause. I'm running for someone I love."
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Having friends is like having backup, and Jessica Bellefeuille is seeing that first hand.

Her friend, Shean Hodge, is making sure she’s not left out of Bloomsday this year.

“I'm running for a cause. I'm running for someone I love. I'm running for someone that means the world to me,” Shean says.

He’s running for Jessica, a longtime friend and someone he calls sister. She has cerebral palsy.

Shean has always wanted to do Bloomsday, but “I would chicken out of a lot of things but this time it's different,” he says. “When I heard she couldn't run I wanted to do this for her.”

So this year will be his first time. But Jessica started running Bloomsday every year for the last four years after a surgery at Shriners Hospital helped her to.

But on Wednesday, she just had surgery again so she could run in future Bloomsdays. But for this year’s, she’s not going to be able to.

“I'm very sad about that. I'm just I just want to run it so bad because I can't because of this,” Jessica says.

Running is her passion.

“Just the freedom of running and having no limitations besides the finish line is amazing to me,” she says.

And that's something Shean wants her to have.

“This is something totally out of my ball game right now but I'm ready. I'm ready to tackle this,” he says.

Shean will be very noticeable at Bloomsday. Jessica is decking him out all in green to bring awareness to cerebral palsy.

Now that the surgery is done, Jessica expects to be able to run again in six months, and she’ll start training for Bloomsday 2017.

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