Why 51 in 51 you ask? Because this darn pancreatic cancer took my dear friends mother at the young age of 51. Therefore marathon #51 is also for Sweet Eleanor Gertrude Bergstrom Adams.
Eleanor was born in 1918 and died of pancreatic cancer in 1969, way to young. She grew up on a farm in a family of 9 children. She was the fifth child, so she had an important role caring for her three younger brothers, but everyone worked very hard! She attended school in a one-room school house, graduated from Atwater High School and went on to get her RN degree. She then worked as a pediatric nurse in a hospital. She married during World War II, when her husband was on leave. They had three children, who are all still living. Eleanor loved to cook, knit, sew, and take care of her family, house and garden. She used her nursing skills to help anyone who needed assistance. She also did a great deal of volunteer work and was active in her church. She was known for her generosity, kindness, quick mind, and capacity for hard work.
Eleanor sounds like a beautiful sweet lady who loved to help people. If we could all be like Eleanor the world would be a better place. I will imagine Eleanor’s generous, kind, heard working spirit while I run. I am honored to run for such a beautiful woman. Eleanor, #51 is also for you and I will work as hard as I can in your honor, to help find a cure. We got this.