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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 [youtube jBsPZV14I-k] 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!!! Screen Shot 2013-03-16 at 5.36.02 PM   Robert 2
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Marathon #52 LA Marathon: Lupe Delacruz-Romero, She’s Got This!!

Lupe 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 😀

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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 😀

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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Sweet Catalina for Sweet Eleanor 51/51

  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.   Love, Julie xo BergstromAdams51
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Catalina Marathon #51 is Molli Serrano INSPIRED!

It is with great emotion and deep passion that I share with you Molli Serrano’s story of strength and will. Molli has pushed herself beyond limits once thought impossible. Molli is married and she is a beautiful young mother of two precious twins. I learned about her story last year and was inspired beyond belief and thought to myself, this is the strongest person I haver ever seen. Molli won the battle of pancreatic cancer back in 2011, and if that was not enough, she also was also training for an IRONMAN at the same time. While going through chemo she would ride long miles on her bike and dealt with numerous hours of training each week. Personal drive and determination is an understatement. She would blow her doctor away with her progress. She was also the recipient of the Kona Inspired award, competed in the World Championship IRONMAN in Kona and had an outstanding race. Now Molli is on her way to beating pancreatic cancer again. I have had the pleasure of virtually meeting “Molli’s Tribe” and received several donations in honor of her. What a loving group of family and friends Molli has been blessed with. I have now officially become part of her tribe. It is with great honor that I am prepared to sweat for 26.2 miles up a mountainous journey. I know Molli would much rather be running with me, so we must keep the faith, because it can happen and I am holding her to that. Her good friend told me she channels her “inner Molli” I love that, and tomorrow I will do the same Please everyone send your healing powers and prayers her way, it will work miracles. Molli Serrano- “YOU ARE AN IRONMAN”! Screen Shot 2013-03-05 at 9.18.23 PMScreen Shot 2013-03-05 at 9.18.36 PMScreen Shot 2013-03-05 at 9.18.10 PM      
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Beautiful Napa Valley Marathon #50/52 – For Mike and Judi xo

My facebook friend Amanda contacted me about one of her family members who passed away so young, Mike Aston. His friends and family say his laugh was infectious, one-of-kind, the best laugh ever. Mike was a man of many talents, but his best role was being a loving father and husband. Mike was blessed with his blushing bride Robin. They tied the knot in Aug. 2008 and their son Riley arrived soon after.Mike was diagnosed with terminal stage IV pancreatic cancer in April 2011 shortly after the birth of his second child,Myla. He fought through 3 stages of chemo before losing his battle. Mike passed away the day after his daughter Myla turned one, he was 38, Feb 2012. He left behind his beautiful Bride of 3.5years,Robin, Son Rielly (3) and Myla. Their family took to the pavement four days later and participated in the PAM’s run to help fight Pancreatic cancer. Go Amanda! For Mike and your entire family I will run my heart out today for you guys, imagining his positive spirit and laugh with me every step of the way. I will do all I can to stop this terrible disease for Mike and all those affected- With love xox Julie Screen Shot 2013-03-02 at 8.33.24 PM Mike, his wife and his two babies. This cancer has got to be stopped. Screen Shot 2013-03-02 at 8.37.54 PM Amanda ran for my dad at the Westlake village pancreatic cancer research walk. Thank you Amanda xoxo Kary Lawrence contacted me and asked me to run in memory of her mom, Judith Maiman. Judi was diagnosed in 1996 and died in 1999 of PC. She was the survivor speaker at the first Evening with the Stars before the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network was even an official charity, they raised the money for Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, where Judith had her whipple procedure in 1996. Kary ran the 2000 & 2001 Marine Corp. marathon in her mother’s memory for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Judi Maiman was one of their original passionate survivor volunteers who helped get everything started way back in the beginning – before PanCAN – when they were doing the very first An Evening with the Stars gala in 1998. She was then, and always will be, an amazing inspiration to her daughter and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.. Thank you Kary and Judi for all you do. Your spirit lives on and will be with me today while I run. xo
Beautiful Judith (Judi) Maiman :)

Beautiful Judith (Judi) Maiman 🙂

Off I go, for Judi, for Mike and all those affected, I run for you. We got this. xoxox Julie
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A dedication for 3 remarkable women in a beautiful city- New Orleans #49

Dear Friends, I am running today in honor of 3 beautiful women: Melissa Miller , Becky Benz and Granny Whitson who just passed this week. All who have been taken from us much too soon without a fighting chance. I share with you their beautiful pictures, they are my “why” : For Melissa:
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Melissa Mille

Miller49     Melissa was was a therapist, interior designer and garden designer who once owned a vintage clothing and jewelry store in West Los Angeles. She studied yoga and took very good care of herself. She was in her early mid 50’s when she died. She beat cancer once, then it returned after nearly 5 years. This photo was taken six months before she died. The day before she lost her five year battle with pancreatic cancer, she spent the entire day planting new plants in her home garden. Melissa woke up the next morning feeling very sick and passed later that day. Melissa, I am planting a garden for you today. A garden of hope, love and inspiration. This one is for you dear Melissa.xo For Becky:
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Becky Benz

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Rebecca “Becky” Benz passed away on February 9, 2006 at 51 years young, after a six month battle with pancreatic cancer. She had a great laugh and when she smiled her entire face smiled! Becky was a hard-worker and had a stubborn steak a mile-long. Her family and friends were very important to her and she always took pride in the work she did. She was the kind of person that always thought to send people cards to let them know she was thinking about them. She loved her “Grandbabies” and sent them cards on each holiday. Celebrating her life are her children: Sarah (Jake), Matthew and Amy (Doug), as well as her “grandbabies”: Kane, Dalton, Bailey, Talon and one on the way, and Me 🙂 Every year since her passing, Becky’s family has held a memorial walk/run in her hometown of Mt. Pleasant, IA, with the proceeds going to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Thank you to the family of Becky for being a light in this world of pc. Just like Becky’s smile lit up her whole face, you are lighting up the world by creating hope. xoxo Becky and family, this one is for you. xo For Granny Whitson:
Granny Whitson

Granny Whitson

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My dear friend Roberta Luna’s, who is an 11 year pancreatic SURVIVOR, whom I ran WITH a few marathons ago. Sadly, her mother passed away just this week after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2005. She had been fighting for awhile. Roberta says she is with her dad & God now with no more pain. Roberta, your mother was a fighter and it is with that strength and love that I will run marathon #49 in her memory and what an honor it is.
It is going to be a beautiful run, there will be rain to help the garden of hope grow for Melissa, there will be smiles for Becky to light up those who are in need and strength & love for Granny so that we can continue to show how tough we are and that we can one day find a cure for this terrible disease. I am running through a city that once was devastated beyond belief. New Orleans has come together, they have rebuilt and they have endured, so can we. We can end this, if we continue to raise hope, awareness and money for research. We can expect miracles, believe in them and achieve them. We got this. -Love Julie. xo
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#48 for Helen Valcarcel Stevens ♥

Marathon #48 was also dedicated to a very special woman, Helen Valcarcel Stevens who was just 48 when she passed. 🙁  
Helen

Helen 🙂

Helen lived only 3 months after her diagnosis. Helen’s brother Jim contacted me after he heard a radio interview after the PF Changs Rocknroll Arizona marathon and when I read his email I knew that #48 was for Helen.
She had one child, Charles, and then right after she passed away her first grandchild was born. At last she got to see the scan of his mothers belly before she passed.
Her son Charles and two  grandchildren Jake and Zack the older. So cute :)

Her son Charles and two
grandchildren Jake and Zack the older. So cute 🙂

Helen was a kind hearted person that loved her child dearly and had a great relationship with him. She was a single mother, and knew the hard issues of life . Jim says in a way I remind him of his sister Helen (honored) . Helen had strong convictions about things in life and was very smart. She was one of four kids they always thought Helen was the smart one of the lot. She was humble and would have never fessed up to being so smart. Non only was Helen Jim’s only sister but his dearest friend, they spoke every day. Jim goes on to say to me that in a world that sometimes can be rather cold and dark, I am a ray of sunshine. Thank you Jim 🙂 I am honored to hear those words, as sunshine and hope is my message through out this journey, that warms my heart. I know this blog does not do your sister justice, there is so much more to be said here for the amazing woman that she was. I thought about her yesterday while I was running, her beauty, her intellect, and her young age. She did not deserve this, nor did my father, Dino, Steve and all those affected. They deserved better, and that is my mission. To raise hope, awareness and put an end to this terrible disease that has taken the lives of so many. Jim just lost his brother in law last night from skin cancer. Jim I am so sorry, all cancers suck! There is no other way to say it. I am sorry for your loss. In honor of your sister, your brother and law and so many others, I will my part to put an end to this madness. We wish you and the family, all survivors and those currently fighting a healthy and happy future. We all deserve better. We got this! Julie. xo      
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Today is a good day! #48 for Dino Murphy xo

I woke up this morning and instantly thought of the 3 people I was running for today. Dino Murphy being one of them. I went to look at an email his sister Nancy sent me and these words stood out: “Today is a good day”, and you know what? It was. Dino was full of life. Even on his worst days, you could call and ask how he was doing. He’d say “Today is a good day”. I love that. That became their family mantra and they have bracelets that say that with his name. Dino told his sister he didn’t want to be a poster child for cancer but she knew that she would fight for him and people would know who he was. Dino was a Lt Col in the Army. He had a wife and three kids. He was diagnosed at 44 years old on Dec 10, 2009 and passed a little less than a year later at 45 yrs old on Nov 26, 2010. Dino’s sister Nancy thanked me for giving him life this weekend. Nancy, thank you for letting me, it is an honor. Dino is buried at Ft Sam Houston Cemetery just down the road in San Antonio. Today when I was running I kept seeing soldiers cheering me on and I thought of Dino. I high fived the soldiers in Dino’s honor and when the marathon got tough I said out loud ‘Today is a good day”and I didn’t care if people thought I was crazy. Crazy in a good way. Dino’s sister Nancy and I have been in contact almost this whole journey trying to figure out a race for me to run in Dino’s honor and today was the perfect day. I had so much support out there from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and knew I was meant to run for Dino today.
Pancan water station, bigtime support. eyes closed, I am running in my sleep :)

Pancan water station, bigtime support. eyes closed, I am running in my sleep 🙂

  Nancy, it was an honor to run in Dino’s memory today. I felt him smiling down on me. Today was beautiful and a true gift to run for your brother. Dino 2 Sending all my best wishes to Dino’s family and all of those affected by pancreatic cancer. I will keep on fighting to help put an end to this terrible disease that has taken the lives of too many beautiful people like Dino, long after my 52 marathons. We will put an end to it. We got this! With Love and deep grattitude, Julie xo
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