Fighting for our lives: Marathon #38 is for Kevin Peters and for a nation in need of healing.

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My heart is broken, my eyes are weary and in less than an hour I will run 26.2 miles for a country in mourning a nation in need. A nation in serious need of love and hope. While nothing can fill the space of the crisis that has fallen upon us, all of us can extend a hand to those in need to remind them that we are here. Let’s come together and heal the broken hearts. We need to end this and it all comes down to love: “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”- L. Buscaglia. This is exactly what the world needs more of in order to heal and stop these senseless tragedies. The craziness in this world makes me so sad. Each and every day there are people who are struggling to stay alive and then someone thinks it is ok to take the lives of so many. This brings me to a man who is so strong and fighting with every breath to beat pancreatic cancer. Kevin is a very accomplished distance runner and helped found the Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN. He has been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer for over a year now. Here’s a great article about him http://www.superiortelegram.com/event/article/id/67229/ “He was a hard-core member of America’s first running boom in the 1970s and ’80s, racing nearly every weekend during the summer. He finished Grandma’s Marathon seven times; had a marathon best of 2 hours, 36 minutes in Miami in 1985 and ran a Las Vegas half marathon in 1:10 at age 40 in 1999; and completed the Edmund Fitzgerald 100K race of 62.1 miles. “ If I was doing dedications at the time I ran Grandma’s this past June, I surely would have ran that one for him. So I will run for him today. He’s run a few 5Ks since his diagnosis, but it’s been very tough for him. There is only one way Kevin looks at this: He wants to live and he’s going to do whatever he can to keep going and so am I. Lynn Lascola I run today for your cousin Kevin Peters, to show our Nation that there are amazing, strong people out there. Fighting with everything they have to make things right. We need more people like Kevin Peters, it’s time to step up and bring out your best, for Kevin, for Connecticut and for the hope and love for the world and for this awful disease that is pancreatic cancer.

Kevin and his daughter Susan. She ran her first marathon at Grandmas this past June, and he was cheering her on the whole way. They are an amazing pair. xo

“Thus I urge you to go on to your greatness if you believe it is in you. Think deeply and separate what you wish from what you are prepared to do.” Percy Wells Cerutty (Famous running coach) Let’s put one foot in front of the other and all find the strength and the love to carry on. Here are some lyrics to a song that I have listened to about 50 times in the past 12 hours called Carry On, and I Will listen as I run today for Kevin and for Connecticut and all the little angels that will be with me today carrying me to the finish line. We are shining stars We are invincible We are who we are On our darkest day When we’re miles away So we’ll come We will find our way home May your past be the sound Of your feet upon the ground Carry on
Today at 9:30 is a World Peace Run accross the USA. Bring your family friends, neighbors, etc out for a an hour of run / walk. No organizers or sponsors (I will be at about mile 7 at that time) – just a peaceful protest against violence. Let’s be the change we wish to see in the world. We got this!
Love,
Julie

#38: For Kevin Peters and the angels of Sandy Hook elementary xoxo

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