MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - More than 700 people will see their way onto the trail in Shelby Farms for the Ovarian Cancer Foundation's 5K. But, one of those people won't be able to actually see the trail.
Derek Denton is 39 years old. He suffers from functional vision loss. Two and a half years ago his world went black.
"I was feeling sorry for myself. I was asking God, 'Why me, why did you do this to me?'"
That's when Denton said all of a sudden something clicked.
"Why not me?... Sitting around making excuses, having self-pity, I wasn't getting anywhere with it. It was time to stop all of that and do something positive."
In an instant Denton's dark world was illuminated by a light of empowerment.
"I don't feel sorry for myself and I don't like others to feel sorry for me," he said. "I can't look to negativity. I think positive and do positive things."
He started thinking about what he could do to help others. Denton said, "God said do service work, so I want to do service work."
That overwhelming feeling of service compelled Denton to sign up for the Ovarian Cancer Foundation's 5K Walk or Run for a Cure. His 77-year-old mother helps him train for the race by holding a towel he grabs onto while he runs at a park in Bartlett.
Denton says his goal is simple, "I want to go all the way through; I don't want to walk it, I want to run the whole race."
Denton's work begins at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at Shelby Farms when the race begins.