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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --Kristen and Sarah Booth's relationship looks a lot like every other mother/daughter bond. Kristin talks to Sarah while she seems to be more interested in a different conversation playing out with her friends through text message. Make no mistake though, the duo couldn't be happier to have one another.
"Sarah received a kidney transplant, and it failed. We nearly lost her in December," Kristen Booth explained.
Sarah is a fighter-- calling it just a bump in the road that she would make it through, and she did.
The Dream Factory based in Louisville heard about her struggle, and sent her and her family on a trip to Florida.
"We had gone to Disney, Universal, and Sea World. For a moment, we were living life joyously without worrying. That's what life should be about," Kristen explained.
On Sunday, Kristen wants to give back to the place that gave her family so much. So, she's got her running shoes on and she's been stretching for the Dream Factory Marathon.
"Running is very symbolic to life. You can race to the end, you have a start, you have a finish. It's really just about the journey in the middle and what you learn along the way," Kristen told WDRB.
Each person who runs the full or half will be contributing to another person, like Sarah's dream.
"Our motto for this race has been run for dreams, and that's what we feel like we're doing out here," Tommie Kendall from the Dream Factory said.
Meanwhile, Sarah's battle isn't over.
"In a year or so, maybe two, God be willing, she'll have a good match and a successful transplant this time," Sarah's mom explained.
Sarah said she couldn't be more thrilled to be where she is today, getting ready to cheer on her biggest supporter.
"It makes me feel happy,more than anything," she said.
Runners hit the pavement at 8am on Sunday. You can register for the full or half marathon at Ken Combs Running Store Saturday from 12pm-5pm.
The cost is $90 for the full marathon, and $70 for the half marathon.