City worker racing for charity in upcoming marathon

Daliance Kirkland Ross, administrative assistant in the training division of the Biloxi Fire Department, will honor the memory of a longtime Biloxi city employee when she competes in the Country Music Marathon April 28 in Nashville.

Kirkland Ross will be running in her second marathon to honor her grandmother, the late Jean Kirkland, who worked in the Biloxi accounting division for 20 years before retiring in the early 1990s. Jean Kirkland died of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

In October 2010, Kirkland Ross raised $5,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society after running in the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families

“When I learned that these marathons were created to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, I decided it was something I had to be a part of,” said Kirkland Ross.

Anyone interested in making a 100-percent tax-free donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on behalf of Kirkland Ross can do so by contacting her at 228-365-0114 or visiting her online page by clicking here.