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RUNNER’S WORLD COVER CONTEST

I’ve just entered the Runner’s World Cover Contest. Getting on the cover would help us raise HUGE awareness for pancreatic cancer and all cancers while inspiring others to RUN. And hey, it would be pretty cool to get on the cover. You can vote each day. Please share with your friends and let’s take this opportunity to put a charity runner on the cover of Runners World!!

Please vote daily, and you can also sign up for a free trip to New York. Contest runs 7/1/14-8/26/14. When you share with your friends please include this hashtag #RWCoverContest Thank you and We got this!

Click on this link to vote: http://covercontest.runnersworld.com/entry/781/rnana5a8chk2gbe8irvpdjck33

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Time to Recover!

The Marathon Goddess is tired. Go figure! But seriously What an exciting last 3 weeks it has been. From Boston to Big Sur to Orange County. If I keep this up I can do the 52 again, maybe not. It’s time to take a little time off to recover, rebuild and regenerate. Boston was beyond words, Big Sur was majestic and Orange County was awesome. Oh and let’s not forget about the LA marathon and Modesto just a few weeks prior. My last race experience in Orange County was great. I set out to run a sub 2 half marathon and completed it in 2:04. We said we would eat hills for breakfast, but the hills actually ended up eating me. My good friend Carolina went out and had a PR and so did so many others. I’m told if you want to get faster you need to do this thing called training and cut down on your marathons. Who knew? Well, I guess it’s time to step up to the plate and put the hard work in. It’s been a little over a year since I completed the 52 and I know, it’s time for me to build back up and get faster again. I can feel it in my soul.

Most recently I ran in honor of Virginia Heskett and in memory of Larry Conger. Virginia a pancreatic cancer survivor who is fighting like a champ, she completed a 5k last weekend. Wow! Her daughter Shawn just completed her 12th marathon in 12 months in the fight against pancreatic cancer and very fast I might add. Shawn qualified for Boston 5 out of the 12 marathons. I also ran in memory of Larry Conger who passed away on Christmas in 2012 from this dreadful disease. His beautiful wife, daughter and grand daughter drove all the way out from Ventura to see me finish. It was so touching and made our hearts happy. We walked, we talked we hugged about an amazing man who lived life to the fullest. I felt like he was there with us and I wanted to have beer and listen to Elvis with him. I am sure he was smiling from heaven above.

At the last minute I was asked to come speak for the We Run Orange County’s Kids (WeROCK). Funny story, it was so last minute I didn’t check dress code and showed up in running clothes and everyone else was in black tie. Cutest kids ever, but I had to go hide. Luckily I was saved and a friend brought me a dress that happened to fit perfectly. It was great to speak to this kids, inspire and see the possibility in their eyes as I told them the story of my 52 marathons, made one marathon seem so much less daunting. Lesson learned, always dress up! I ended up selling and signing a ton of Spirit 2 DVDs and met some of the most supportive parents, coaches and energetic kids you could ever meet. What a group!

Truth be told, I had a lot fun before the race and after but seriously during the race I was tired and I’ve been doing too much racing, and not enough training. Go figure. So with the past 3 weeks of thrashing my legs but fulfilling my heart, I’ve decided to take a good 3 weeks off so my body can recover and we can start some serious training for a PR in New York. Yeah! I am playing with the idea of having the LA Marathon 2015 be my 100th marathon, which could mean a PR in NY #85 and 15 more marathons till LA which will mean a slow time, but gratifying since it will be #100. Quantity or quality? We will just have to wait and see.

But in the mean time, here are some fun pictures to enjoy. So even though my running performance was not the best, the joy I found in seeing my friends and meeting new ones along the way, made it all ok. Also now that I am running on behalf of Team for Life and the Lazarex Cancer Foundation, it gives me such a gratifying feeling to know that all of the money I raise is going directly to helping all end stage cancer patients have a chance at life by getting them to clinical trials, in the hopes we find a cure now. It doesn’t get much better than that.

And as far as my running, well as much as we would love to PR and place all the time, it doesn’t always turn out that way. A lot of people say finishing is winning, well I say just getting to that starting line is winning. Believe me, I know what it takes to get there to and get there healthy. So remember, whether you’re in the front, middle or in the back of the pack, just make sure you are having fun and enjoying the journey, because that my friends is what it’s all about! Next up the Kona marathon on 6/22 and you know what? I may even do the half and that’s ok. Take care of yourself, respect your body and love yourself. Please consider making a donation on behalf of my efforts to the Lazarex Cancer Foundation. So others less fortunate may continue to live a happy, healthy and hopefully cancer free life. It’s about LIVING. We got this!

WE ROCK

Loui

Running in memory of Larry and meeting Larry's wife Patti truly made my heart happy :)

Running in memory of Larry and meeting Larry’s wife Patti truly made my heart happy :)

Larry

Virginia

Shawn Veronese "Marathons for Mom" Finishing her 12th marathon in 12 months with another Boston Qualifier!

Shawn Veronese “Marathons for Mom” Finishing her 12th marathon in 12 months with another Boston Qualifier!

The Real Dizzle Red and his brother Ray. Two Rock Star Runners and we all match. Met Red at Modesto and he told me it was his brother and even a little of me that inspired him to run and a PR at OC at that! What a pleasure meeting them both together. Congratulations!!!

The Real Dizzle Red and his brother Ray. Two Rock Star Runners and we all match. Met Red at Modesto and he told me it was his brother and even a little of me that inspired him to run and a PR at OC at that! What a pleasure meeting them both together. Congratulations!!!

A little blurry but beautiful.  Linda her daughter and grandaughter all doing the Goddess pose.  I'm thinking those sparkles behind us is more than just a sparkle. :)

A little blurry but beautiful. Linda her daughter and grandaughter all doing the Goddess pose. I’m thinking those sparkles behind us is more than just a sparkle. :)

Virginia (Shawn's Mom)  PC Survivor and just completed a 5K.  Love this lady right here. A true Champ!!!

Virginia (Shawn’s Mom) PC Survivor and just completed a 5K. Love this lady right here. A true Champ!!!

Carolina and I in the Jacuzzi recovering and celebrating.  She ran a PR 1:51 half.  Soon I will be able to keep up with her again.  So proud of her!!  She is a total Rock Star!

Carolina and I in the Jacuzzi recovering and celebrating. She ran a PR 1:51 half. Soon I will be able to keep up with her again. So proud of her!! She is a total Rock Star!

Tim Christoni aka Cheetah!  An unbelievable runner, super fast, inspiring, fun and incredibly nice. From a 6 hour marathon to a sub 3?  Come on, if he can do it, so can we.   One day I will be able to run with him.  Give me a year Tim.   For now, let me just hold the sign, cause I feel really cool :)

Tim Christoni aka Cheetah! An unbelievable runner, super fast, inspiring, fun and incredibly nice. From a 6 hour marathon to a sub 3? Come on, if he can do it, so can we. One day I will be able to run with him. Give me a year Tim. For now, let me just hold the sign, cause I feel really cool :)

Here we are before the race, Carolina and I huddling for warmth inside the Marriott hotel.  It was like a party, Smiling and happy.  I asked her what we were going to eat for breakfast before the race, she replied: "Hills"  and she did.  Sadly, the hills ate me for breakfast :(

Here we are before the race, Carolina and I huddling for warmth inside the Marriott hotel. It was like a party, Smiling and happy. I asked her what we were going to eat for breakfast before the race, she replied: “Hills” and she did. Sadly, the hills ate me for breakfast :(

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“Thank you for Running”- The 2014 Boston Marathon

You heard it all over Boston, “Thank you for running”. Everywhere people are thanking us for running the Boston Marathon. It’s even on the signs at the airport. I’ve never been thanked so much for running a marathon. I just thanked them in return for their support, because this year, we are all Boston Marathoners!

Coming to Boston this year was important to me for so many reasons. I wanted to show the American people and the world that in the face of heartbreak we are courageous people and recommit to hope and possibility when things are the hardest and that’s exactly what we did. The tragic events last year were horrible, but the coming together was beautiful.

Talk about beautiful, to remember those whose lives were taken, brave responders and those still recovering from the tragedy, The Old South Church in Boston put together the Marathon Scarf Project. The scarves are a labor of love by artists across the World. 7,300 scarves were passed out to the runners with a this blessing: “May the scarf warm your spirit, as you maneuver a new city, as you carry the weight of a somber anniversary year, as you look down 26.2 miles with resolve.” Wow!

Boston Scarf

I knew going into the race, this would not be my fastest race and wouldn’t be my slowest. It wasn’t about my time, it couldn’t be. This was something much, much bigger. Along with being a part of the race of the century, my dedication remains true to my cause, fighting pancreatic cancer. I received a message a month before the marathon about a woman battling pancreatic cancer, her name is Amy McDonough Vaughan. Amy is from Boston and I met her last year at the Unite to Fight event. This couldn’t be a more perfect race for me to dedicate to her. Amy is so awesome, she was going to meet me at heartbreak hill but wasn’t able to make it. Sometimes a fight or life can be compared to a marathon. You just keep putting one foot in front of the other, you keep going and you never quit. But the marathon is easy compared to this beast she is fighting. I was struggling on heartbreak hill but all the while thinking of the battle Amy is going through, made me suck it up and continue to forge on even when I wanted to walk. She told me to run my little tush off ☺ her funny sense of humor always shines through everything she does, I love her so much. I truly believe that her attitude is helping her heal. So I did, the best that I could, with the limited training that I had. The struggles that I faced on race day were nothing, compared to the courage and bravery she is showing in this fight. Monday was also 1 year since her father had passed. Amy is an only child, so this was a tough day for her. I was honored to be able to bring a little love and light to her world. I also got a medal for her. Sending it to her today. She is the real hero in this battle.

Amy

The Boston Marathon was like no other, heading out to our corrals and the start line, I couldn’t hold back the tears. When we finally took off, I was feeling united, strong and fast. Well, the fast didn’t last much longer then 6 miles, and as each mile went on I knew I better just settle in for the ride. The experience was epic and wouldn’t trade it for the world. The crowd support was off the charts. Sometimes, the competitive runner in me has a mind of it’s own, but I quickly realized to be a part of something that is uniting the world, how could I let the time on the race clock dictate my feelings? I don’t want to make excuses, sometimes life gets in the way of training. I know what it takes to qualify for Boston and I’ll try again next year. But as soon as my mind goes back to the clock, I was given another message from an amazing friend I met in Boston, Michelle Rubin. I met her through Molli Serrano, the amazing, young, beautiful, mother, wife, friend and IRONMAN who passed from PC last year ☹ She said, “Julie, your mission is way more important than a Boston qualifier”. Thank you Michelle and thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Whether I qualify for Boston again or not, my mission remains true: With passion, love and determination, we can do anything we put our minds to, including finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.

Running for the Lazarex Cancer Foundation and Team for Life also gave me a new sense of purpose. I am so grateful to be extending my reach to ALL types of cancer patients (including pancreatic) helping those in need, find a cure NOW. Knowing that the money that I am raising is going directly to these cancer patients and helping them LIVE longer and maybe even save their lives through clinical trials warmed my heart.

Thank you for Running, for cheering, for supporting and being a part of something so much bigger than ourselves. We are Boston Strong!!!

Meb
Meb Keflezighi 2014 Boston Marathon Champion

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Run Kona, Run The Land of Aloha!

The Kona Marathon and Family fun run is coming up in just over a month, June 23rd to be exact. This is one of my top marathon picks and it so much more than a marathon. For openers, they follow the IRONMAN course down Alii drive which is Epic. They also offer a 5K Friday night- The Aloha Friday Run filled with entertainment, food and celebrating Aloha Friday Kona Marathon style. It is a fun run and only $15 if you sign up before June 15th. www.alohafridayrun.com. 

Well Kona is calling me back again. I ran the Kona marathon in 2012 as a part of my campaign in the fight against pancreatic cancer. The Kona Marathon was number 11 of 52 and I can honestly say that number 11 was like running in Heaven. Not only is the island beautiful, it was the Aloha Spirit and it is that spirit that is calling me back again.

The Sheraton Kona Resort their Headquarter hotel is a jewel, with truly beautiful breathtaking views of the ocean. See for yourself :D

 

Sheraton

This marathon is extremely well run and was so very supportive and receptive to my fundraising and philanthropic efforts. The race directors are super friendly, the course is fairly fast and flat. The water stations were filled with supportive volunteers, keeping you cool and hydrated with smiles for miles :)

As if this weren’t enough, check this out: The world famous UCC Coffee is a proud sponsor of the Kona Marathon and Family fun run. There is nothing like Kona Coffee.

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Ok, now for the icing on the cake, or the umbrella in the mai tai I should say :) Would you look at this beautiful medal? This is the first redesign they have done in 19 years and it is special to the 20th Anniversary.

Kona Medal

So what are you waiting for? Check out Alaska Airlines www.alaskaair.com. When the islands are calling, it’s always good to listen. Life is short, NOW is the time. Come and let your Aloha Spirit shine and I’ll see you at the finish line. Register today at www.konamarathon.com

 

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WE GOT THIS!!!

Aloha for now,

Julie

 

 

 

 

 

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Marathon Goddess- Top 10 Marathon Songs

Running 1,362.4 miles you can imagine I listened to everything from Disney to Frank Sinatra to Rage Against the Machine. Here are my top 10 picks:

Number 10: Led-Zeppelin-When the Levee Breaks. You can’t go wrong with any Led Zeppelin song, but this one was great for the first mile or 2 to get me to go out slow and get warmed up.

Number 9: Neon Trees: Everybody Talks- This song is great. Once you’re warmed up, it helps you to get your groove on. It’s got a great rhythm, and if you’re in a relationship it kinda get’s you thinking and then pretty soon you’re flying :)

Number 8: New Radicals – You Get What You Give. The title says it all

Number 7: Pit Bull-Don’t stop the party. If you are getting bored on your run and then this song comes on, it’s like a wake up call. All of the sudden you pick up your pace, you smile and your run turns super fun. Like a party

Number 6: Madonna- Ray of Light . Great song, it helps you fly through your race and provides some cool inspiration. You can tell by the video.

Number 5: The All-American Rejects- Move Along. Great for mid race and you know you still have a long way to go but it helps you to stay strong , keep going and you will get there

Number 4: Will.I.Am/Britney Spears -I can’t have a play list with out Britney and when this song came out, it was on! It always fired me up.

Number 3: FUN: Some Nights. This song always put a smile on my face. Even in those tough moments:

Number 2: Flo Rida-Wild Ones. This song always put me in the zone, it made me feel wild and gave me that extra kick.

Number 1: Calvin Harris-Feels so close This song always came on when I was within a mile from the finish line. Feels so close. Love it!

NOW LET’S GO RUN A MARATHON AND DONATE TO THE PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK :)))) WE GOT THIS. ROCK ON!!!

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The LA Marathon #52- 26.2 Miles of Hope ♥

Thank you all for supporting me in this amazing journey of hope, inspiration and love. It has truly been an honor to run for your loved ones. Thank you for the donations, every dollar helps to make a difference.

I would like to honor those that sponsored a mile for the final 26.2 miles. I apologize if I have missed anyone, if so please let me know and I can edit after the race. Below is a picture of the beautiful grace bands that I will be wearing tomorrow. With so much love on my arms and in my heart we definitely got this!

made by Races2Remember

made by Races2Remember

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. However I am not done, not even close, I am not stopping until we have a cure for pancreatic cancer. We got this. xo See you at the finish line. xo

My sponsors:

Mile 26.2: In memory of Melissa Miller and her heroic five year battle with pancreatic cancer (from L. Cohen)

Mile 25: Ron Bowker
Mile 24: Francis P. Urban
Mile 23: Team Molli- Srtongest woman I know!

Mile 23: Paul Perkovic, Half Moon Bay, he will be in my heart forever
Mile 22: Yitzchak ben Chaim Zelig
Mile 21: Lora Gudbranson

Mile 20: Please dedicate mile 20 to my father, Rodney Buffington, who also lost his battle to pancreatic cancer after just 20 short weeks! (from A. Winkle)
Mile 20: John H, Harris, Jr. May 30, 2013 20th anniversary of his death :(

Mile 19: Noel Irvine
Mile 18: Herman C. Atienza
Mile 17: Amo Cappelli
Mile 16: Adam Zauder

Mile 15: For my sweet fiance’ Edward J. Demyan who would have turned 50 this week; March 15, 2013. Missing you every day EJD – this week is especially hard. (from M. Mackulin)

Mile 14: Nancy Kramer and Mort Shorris
Mile 13: Buck
Mile 12: John Price
Mile 11: Grandma Gerry
Mile 10: Patrick Powers
Mile 9: Ron Smith

Mile 8: Robert Holloway
Mile 7: K. Bradbury & Curt Sandoval

Mile 6: Spyros Sipsas
Mile 5: Doug Brand & Jeff Brand
Mile 4: Edmund C. Bechtold
Mile 3: David G. Hollander
Mile 2: John Sam Chee
Mile 1: Judith Maiman

More that sponsored w/o a specific mile.: (taken from my website)

  • Bless you Julie, and may they find a cure for this horrible disease. I know that I am doing everything I can to spread awareness. Take care and know that we are rooting you on, (Melissa Silva and Family)
  • Bette Grey – Passed away from PanCan in 1966 (Sent from G. Twist)
  • Thanks for spreading awareness Julie! In memory of my dad Doug Brand and his brother Jeff Brand that were taken by this horrible disease less than a year apart. (H. Swanson)
  • Thank you for creating national awareness for PC and PanCan! Good luck running #52 this weekend! AMAZING! In memory of my wonderful mom, Gigi Shanes-Hernandez, who died almost four years ago on April 9th from pancreatic cancer. KNOW IT! FIGHT IT! END IT! (T. Shanes-Hernandez)
  • You are such an inspiration. My father passed away when I was young from cancer and I now too fun marathons to raise funds for research… nothing like you. GO GIRL! I am also buying a calendar:). Thank you for what you do! (M. Rouse)
  • In honor of Diane Fyock @ It’s a Fyock Fight (T. Fyock)
  • Impressed and thankful for your dedication towards providing awareness of Pancreatic cancer. Lost my grandmother in 2008 – you are an inspiration! (D. Singer)
  • Julie – you inspired us. My mom passed of pancreatic cancer – our family is very thankful for your efforts! (Velocity Sports Performance)
  • In memory of Florence Sugimoto. (A. Otani)
  • For Paul who was the light of my life and my one true love. What you are doing is truly inspirational. This is a horrible cancer that we must find a cure for. Thank you for what you are doing to try to find a cure. xxoo (Anon.)
  • In honor of Eleanor. (B. Anderson)
  • In honor of John Sam Chee who is battling this awful disease. We love him so much<3 (C. Lee)
  • For my own dad, who died of colon cancer in 1988…he never saw me cross the finish line but I did it for him! (M. Miller)
There are so many beautiful dedications, I am sorry if I missed any, if I did please email me and let me know and I will add yours in. I will also continue to do weekly dedications.
With deep gratitude….
Love,
Julie
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In memory of Lydia Jack, she passed at only 52, so Lydia 52 is also for YOU!

I met my beautiful new friend Belinda at the LA Marathon’s Big 5 training night in El Segundo. We started talking and she told me about her sister Lydia and that she passed from pancreatic cancer at the very young age of 52. We started crying and I instantly knew I had to dedicate #52 to Lydia. Lydia was a great woman. She and her sister raised their children together. She gave all she could to help people that she loved the most. She was funny and strong willed. She loved Jimmy Buffet, Elvis, Tom Cruise and See’s candy. A girl after my own heart. They were best friends and Lydia is missed every day. She loved Belinda’s children like they were her own and Belinda loved Lydia’s son like he was hers. Lydia worked at the DWP for many years until her passing. Cheeseburger in Paradise was her favorite song. They would sing it with the kids in tow on their way to the beach every summer. I hope Lydia is having a wonderful time in paradise. I will imagine Lydia’s beautiful spirit with me while I run tomorrow, knowing what a strong willed woman she was will help me with every step I take. Lydia, #52 is for YOU. We got this!!! This one’s for you : Cheeseburgers in Paradise xoxoxo

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Lydia Band

 

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Robert Hollawell Sr: LA Marathon is #52 and since you are 52, it is also for YOU!!

I met my dear friend Robert on Facebook last year and I am so grateful that I did. Robert is an 8 year pancreatic cancer SURVIVOR. He is a loving husband, father and grandfather of the cutest little granddaughter ever.

So Cute!!!

So Cute!!!

He first felt pain back in 2004 with pain in his left side, he thought he had just pulled a muscle that just wouldn’t heal. It turned out he had neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer. He had surgery and still has several issues from the cancer. PC hit him hard but he has his family and friends by his side the whole time and is truly blessed. Robert is 52 years old, I know he doesn’t look 52 but he is. He has so much hope because of his beautiful family, friends, volunteers, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and so much love. That is what it takes, Robert is all about hope. Even though he still has pain, he is always smiling. Robert’s smile is infectious and he goes on to say the real heroes are his family and friends. Robert has been my hero, he is always posting supportive comments, pictures and making sure that I am ok. I ran the Long Beach marathon on his 52nd birthday, and it was also my 52 life time marathon at the time. It was meant to be. I consider myself lucky to have Robert for a friend, and hoping I can make it out to Philly to run a marathon in his town. Robert Hollawell Sr. #52 is for YOU. Pancreatic Cancer- Know it. Fight it. End it!!! We got this!!!

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Marathon #52 LA Marathon: Lupe Delacruz-Romero, She’s Got This!!

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Lupe ran her first LA marathon in 1999 while her young son was in the Marines. He encouraged her to run so she thought she would try it just once. Her parents, her niece and her sister were at the finish line, so proud of Lupe when she finished. That same year on November 4th her father died. She continued to run. She ran the LA Marathon every year after that for the next 10 years. Life happens so running was therapy for her, a stress release. She hadn’t run a marathon in 4 years but since she turned 50 on 1-11-12 she felt she had to run it that year. On 2-11-12 Lupe was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer so she was not able to run in the LA Marathon but she did run the hardest race ever. She ran the race of fighting for her life and she completed her race on 1-29-13 when her cancer was removed by the Whipple procedure. Every year she ran she dedicated the marathon to our military and to other people who were in need of prayer. Lupe never imagined one day someone would be dedicating the LA Marathon to her. I am deeply touched and truly honored to run for Lupe. She will be at the finish line when we cross it and we are hoping to cross it together. Lupe you are my hero. #52 is for YOU. xoxo

Beautiful,Healthy Strong, Survivor Lupe :D

Beautiful,Healthy Strong, Survivor Lupe :D

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An “OORAH” for Master Sergeant Richard J. Cox @ Catalina Marathon #51 3/9/13

This is Rick and Lupe's wedding :D

This is Rick and Lupe’s wedding :D

My dear friend Lupe a Pancreatic Cancer SURVIVOR who I am running for this weekend just told me about her friends brother who was not as fortunate. They just lost their brother Master Sergeant Richard J. Cox (USMC Ret) to pancreatic cancer this past Sunday. He was diagnosed January 30th. He was 64years old. Master Sergeant Cox was laid to rest with full military honors on March 14th.

He took pride and honor in serving his country. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Rick’s father was a Marine who was given several awards including 2 purple hearts & a silver star, and Rick’s son Bill is also a marine.

Master Sergeant Rick- I shouted out an “OORAH” for you when I got to the top of that mountain last Saturday. Imagining your strong spirit there with me, helping me to beat pancreatic cancer once and for all. Now we will run #52 and I will imagine your spirit with me as I finish this epic year long journey. Thank you for your service.

We got this xo OORAH!!!!

With love and deep admiration,

Julie. xo

 

RIP Sergeant Richard J. Cox

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