By Randy Economy
Ron Jung is a man on a mission.
The 62 year old Cerritos resident recently retired as a computer software developer is bound and determined to bring awareness of the deadly disease of leukemia and lymphoma, Hodgkin’s and myeloma, one step at a time.
Jung, who was born in Artesia, at 183rd Street and Pioneer Boulevard, will be participating in two upcoming walk-a-thons to raise funds and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The events that he will be taking part in are the Disneyland half marathon to be held on September 4th at Disneyland Anaheim and Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon to be held in October in San Francisco.
Jung who is a member of the Artesia Cerritos Toastmaster was recently touched by the passing of longtime community leader Robert Epple, a former Member of the California State Assembly and Trustee with Cerritos College who lost his battle from the disease.
“I was inspired and touched when I heard about the struggle from Mr. Epple, and I wanted to do something to help bring awareness to those who struggle with this deadly condition.”
Jung who went to Savanna High School in nearby Anaheim and these two half marathons will mark the first time that he has ever attempted this distance.
“I did a 5K walk a while back, and now it is time to go further, both literally and symbolically,” he said.
Jung, who has been married to his wife Ellen for the past 39 years, is also a father to three daughters whom all graduated from Cerritos High School, also is the grandfather to four and “another one on the way.”
Both half marathons are 13.1 miles in length. “By the time next year, I should be more than ready for my first complete marathon, and I plan to keep training, and keep bringing awareness to these diseases,” Jung said. Jung would like to raise more than $10,000 during these two upcoming races. He will be holding a special fundraiser on Sunday, July 10 at the Great Seafood Harbor Restaurant at 18329 S. Pioneer Boulevard in Artesia. The community is invited to participate, and a nine-course family style dinner will be served that includes dishes like walnut shrimp, diced French style beef, crispy chicken and House Special Crab. A $30 per person donation is requested to support the cause, and if you are interested in being a “VIP” for the event at $40 donation is being requested. For more information email Ron at Raisingmoneyforlls88@gmail.com