Ina Lim Deras

About Ina Lim Deras

Running is a newfound passion for Ina Lim Deras, who recently joined the Athletes for a Cure team. Only beginning her running career in 2011, she now has three half marathons under her belt—and her fourth will be the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon & ½ benefiting the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Most AFAC participants have a personal tie to prostate cancer, but Ina’s story goes beyond just a personal connection—her professional life is also a huge factor in her willingness to find a cure for the disease. For more than 10 years, Ina has been a molecular diagnostic scientist, working on a urine-based diagnostic test used to detect prostate cancer earlier and more accurately.

“My career has definitely shifted my attention toward prostate cancer, but the disease has been in my life for quite some time,” shared Ina. “My father-in-law is an eight year prostate cancer survivor. I am thankful that my professional career may impact the lives of men just like my father-in-law.”

After receiving NewsPulse, an e-newsletter from the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Ina learned about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon & ½ and knew it was the perfect fit. On September 22, 2012, Ina will join thousands of runners at the marathon and half marathon in Denver who will run for the husbands, fathers, uncles, sons and friends affected by the disease.

“After learning of the marathon, it became obvious to combine my love for running with an activity that can support prostate cancer,” Ina said. “I am grateful that I am healthy enough to run, where there are others who would give anything to be able too, but can’t.”

To-date, Ina has raised over $2,000 for the marathon. Whether youparticipate in the marathon, or make a donation to Athletes for a Cure, Ina encourages everyone to become involved.

“Participating in a program like Athletes for a Cure can have a significant impact on the lives of people affected by prostate cancer,” says Ina. By raising money that will fund research, we can find ways to prevent prostate cancer, detect disease that needs treatment and develop better therapies for patients. And, more than anything—showing that we care can lift the spirits of those affected by this disease.”