Courtesy Jason Suarez

Seven-month old Penelope Puskedra has spent several days in the hospital after having undergone surgery for a biopsy. She will undergoing more tests to determine the risk of the cancer.

By SI Wire
February 24, 2016

U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials fourth place finisher Luke Puskedra's seven-month old daughter, Penelope, has been diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a family friend announced.

Puskedra returned to the sport after a 15-month break where he considered quitting the sport following a failed marathon debut at the 2014 New York City Marathon. In his comeback, he clocked the second fastest marathon by an American in 2015 after running 2:10:24 at the Chicago Marathon. With his fourth place finish at the 2016 U.S. OLympic Marathon Trials, Puskedra is the alternate for the U.S. Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro in August.

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Penelope Puskedra has spent several days in the hospital after having undergone surgery for a biopsy. She will undergoing more tests to determine the risk of the cancer.

Dana Tucker Reber has set up a GoFundMe page to help assist the Puskedra family with donations. The campaign has raised over $15,900 in its first 18 hours.

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