'Skate Hard, Have Fun': Leighton Inspires Fry's Dedication


When Lyndsey Fry crossed the finish line she embraced Leighton Accardo's siblings -- LeeAnne, Larson and Locke. Then she sought out Carly Accardo, Leighton's mother. The two held each other and cried.

Leighton Accardo's family - father Jeremy, too -- welcomed Fry at the finish line Sunday night at Gila River Arena, when Fry completed her 96-mile "Skatin' for Leighton" journey almost 14 hours after departing from the Phoenix Children's Hospital.

It finished just as it began; the family had been there when she set out, too.

"What better motivation than the kids who just are living and breathing everything that Leighton was," Fry said. "I mean, this is all for Leighton. So, to not include them would be crazy. It was amazing to have them at the start and finish."

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