Recent rains cleared up just long enough March 30 for the Neuroblastoma 5K Run & Walk for a Cure held in Fort Worth.The Bristow family, residents of Weatherford, participated in the event as well in honor of their 2-year-old daughter Mattie, who was diagnosed with the cancer last May.“Shocked,” said Bryan Bristow, Tison Middle School’s head coach, of the first time he heard the news of his then 14-month-old daughter. “You don’t ever expect that to happen.”Mother Cebia Bristow said even when she was pregnant with their second child, she knew something was wrong since she hardly ever felt their daughter kick.“It was really scary at the beginning,” Cebia said. “When you hear cancer you don’t know what to think.”Cebia said, at first, the doctors did not think Mattie would ever walk since the tumor had wrapped around her spine. But Cebia said she believed that Mattie could do it.After eight rounds of chemotherapy, the last being in late 2012, Mattie’s hair has begun to grow back and she can walk when she wears ankle braces and someone holds her hands.“She’s real resilient,” Cebia said. “She doesn’t know that anything’s wrong.”Mattie’s is a less severe and non-aggressive form of the cancer that forms in nerve cells and is most often found in young children. Doctors said the malignant cells in Mattie’s body are gone but they have to make sure the cancer does not return.“They say only time will tell what all she’ll be able to do,” Cebia said. “Our goal is for her to outrun her brother one day.”Cebia said she thought 5-year-old Cy would be OK with that.The Bristows participated in the fundraising event through Cook’s Children’s Hospital. It was the sixth time they held the event and several other teams participated as well, bringing in hundreds of runners and donators.Mattie’s team consisted of about 100 friends from their schools and members of their family and their church, Lakeshore Baptist Church.Their team raised more than $5,000 that will be used for research of the rare cancer.While some team members participated in the 5K run, Cebia did the 1K walk/run with Mattie. After carrying her most of the way, Cebia helped Mattie walk the last few yards of the track and over the finish line.“That was a pretty big deal that she got to walk that,” Cebia said.Cebia said she enjoyed the event that celebrated the successful fights against the cancer, encouraged families that still deal with it while remembering those who lost friends and family to it. She said she is encouraged by Mattie’s progress so far and looks forward to even more.“She’s already had miracles in her life,” Cebia said.