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Dora (Pignaloso) Pedersen loved to run. In fact, she enjoyed all sports. Dora especially excelled in cross-country and basketball at Voorhees High School and Kings College. She competed in many 5k’s, 1⁄2 marathons and even the Atlantic City marathon. Dora was a great match for her husband, Erik, who was equal to her in their shared passion for athletics.
Dora was also a physical education teacher, finishing her teaching career at Northwest Christian School. She always encouraged her students to be active, and to do their best with the ability given to them. Being healthy through exercise and good eating habits were very important aspects of her life. It was very difficult when the ovarian cancer sidelined Dora from teaching, running, walking and all of the other physical activities she loved so much.
On December 29th, 2009, just four days shy of her 45th birthday, Dora completed the racecourse that the Lord had set for her. This wasn’t a 5k or even a marathon, but it was the race of life. Her life was lived to honor and serve the Lord, even if that included suffering with cancer. Dora fought hard and persevered for 6 1⁄2 years - through surgery, chemotherapy, transfusions, pain and discouragement. It was a long and difficult struggle. Through it all, however, Dora never lost sight of the finish line. She always knew who was running alongside of her - sometimes even carrying her - through the course of life.
As the author of Hebrews states “... Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out before us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith...”
Dora wanted her life to count and be an encouragement to those she came in contact with. She wanted others to know of her relationship with the Lord, and how He gave her the strength and peace to persevere even through the most difficult and painful times in life. Dora was an inspiration to all who knew her, so this 5k is being run to honor a wonderful mother, wife, sister and friend.