I ran for one of my Hero’s today: for Steve Hanzlik fighting pancreatic cancer. Steve, I hope you read this and know that today was a LOVE FEST. Seriously, I have never felt so much love and support in a marathon. I had friends by my side, I had you and Heather on my mind all day. Then at mile 23 I see this:
I couldn’t believe my eyes 😀
When I was running today, I was not having such an easy time, but this sign and Lesley’s beautiful smile was a sight for sore eyes. I thought about Steve and his fight. I kept on going, having faith and keeping the hope alive. That is what we do, we are Teamhope and Team Hanzlik.
I was meant to run for Steve Hanzlik today, I got a facebook note from his sister Heather and felt an instant urge to do what I could to help. Please got to this beautiful website she created and do what you can to help. Here is the message from Heather on the home page of http://www.team-hanzlik.com/:
Steve is my eldest brother – he is also a son, a husband, a father, a friend!
He was born in Austin, Texas (a Longhorn fan to the core!) 17 August 1964. After traveling the globe with our family as a ‘military brat’ he married Dodie Jean Faunce, 10 December 1983. He joined the Army on 28 December 1983 and spent 4 years in Germany as a member of our Armed Forces. Steve and Dodie had their first son, Drew, on 6 June 1990 and their second son, Austin, on 11 December 1992. When our father died,11 November 1993, he stepped up as patriarch of our family. He has always shown up for anyone who needed anything, whether that be family, friends or unknown friends.
Steve was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer on 7 November 2012. He is currently under the care of the best doctors in the Pancreatic Cancer field at John’s Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
His cancer has progressed VERY rapidly. Steve has always prided himself on his ability to provide for his family and continues to do so to the best of his ability. Although he does have medical insurance that will help cover some of the treatments, he is going to need assistance in order to defray additional medical costs.
I was honored to run for Steve today, please do what you can to help. Prayers, donations, love, hope it all matters. I pushed through today, never giving up, not for one second. Keeping the hope alive, that is what I do. Now I hope I can do that for Steve. And Steve, since you were born here and know the motto of “Keep Austin Weird” Here is something to make you smile. Keep smiling. You are in my prayers and now in the prayers of everyone reading this blog. Let the healing begin. Have an inspired recovery, we got this. xo-Julie
Keep Austin Weird 😀