2013 January


Miami Soul- #45 A soul run for Maureen Adlard and others. We are a team,Team Hope!!!

As I close in on my journey I am getting more emails every day of people in someway affected by pancreatic cancer. It breaks my heart, but I am happy to be able to run in memory of a loved one, spread awareness about a severely underfunded disease that has been ignored for much too long. I find that running in someones name puts a name to the disease making 
it more real to people who read about it. That in and of itself is a
 huge benefit to bringing awareness of this horrible disease. The reality is that there is not enough marathons for the number of people affected by pc, but for these marathons it’s more about 
the emotions that they bring up in people who hear about them. Also,
when I learn about the person I am running for it gives me strength,
and motivation to finish for them. I imagine their spirit helping me
 along. I have 4 special people I am running for today: Maureen Adlard For Maureen: (written by her children) Even growing up in the depression era, and suffering polio as a youngster, she was a vibrant young lady who loved helping others, which, in large part, led to her becoming an elementary school teacher. She was a wonderful wife and mother of 3. On her 46th birthday, while undergoing gallbladder surgery, she was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Despite being a non-smoker and drinker, she had grown up in a household where both parents smoked heavily, which is a huge contributing factor in pancreatic cancer in the next generation, as well as lung cancer and other smoking related diseases, despite the kids not smoking themselves. She underwent full chemo and radiation, but despite the Cross Cancer Institute’s best efforts, and the prayers of her family and friends, she passed away on November 13, just two months after being diagnosed. She was a beloved teacher, and they have erected a permanent plaque in her honor at Dalton Elementary. More than that, her memory lives on with her children and friends, who are committed to doing something about this terrible disease for Maureen’s grandchildren, who she never got to meet, and for the children and grandchildren of everyone else affected. Her son Dave goes on to say “sometimes bad things happen to good people, and it is the duty of the ones left behind to make something good come of it and of the sacrifice of Maureen and the tens of thousands like her”. Screen Shot 2013-01-26 at 7.13.49 PM David, Craig and Suzanne I send my love to you today, running in memory of your beautiful mother and creating hope and turning something so negative into a huge positive change. We got this. xoxox Julie Running mile 1 for my brother in arms, Benjamin Timoner’s father. Benjamin is currently walking across the country,for the second time, to raise money for pc in honor of his father. Yes you heard that right. His father Bert passed away from pc in 1974 at the young age of 41 and is buried here in Miami 🙁 Benjamin, Mile 1 is for your Dad. I am pretty sure he was your number 1 fan, just like my dad. All the best to you and wish you much success in your journey accross America. We got this! Bert Timoner- Mile 1 I received an email from Simon about his father Dave last week and told me about this incredible story form an inspiring man who is a runner at heart. He has run 66 marathons and 120+ half marathons over the years. He and his dad completed The Beechy Head marathon in October last year his dad beat him by 35mins so clearly his competitive spirit is still strong even though he is currently fighting pc. He continually stressed that for a marathon you shouldn’t think of half way as 13 miles. The hard work and the half way point he always assured him that it started around 20 miles – that’s where the training really began to pay off – how right he was. Dave Wickham, miles 20-26.2 are for you. Keep on believing, never loose hope. I will run for you too. For more on the official story, here is the link: http://www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/information-and-support/real-life-stories/inoperable/dave#.UPx5N0IKox4.mailto and their giving link. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/simonwickham. Such an incredible will. Dave Wickham 20-26 Just yesterday I got a last minute beautiful email, with a donation and was asked “just look up and smile for Edie at some point in my run” his mom who passed away just this past March. Howard G. It would be an honor and thank you for your donation. We are going to fix this for your Dave, for Edie, for Benjamin’s Dad, for Maureen and so many others including my Dad. We cant stop now. With your help we can make a difference and we are. Please join in to Know it. Fight it and End it. Together we can, together we can create miracles. If I can run 45 marathons in 45 weeks, we can do anything! We are Team Hope and We got this. All my best wishes. See you at the finish line. xoxo Julie

#44: A Birthday gift and a Christmas wish for Keith Knapp and Donna Thompson

I was contacted this week by a beautiful facebook friend. We have something in common… unfortunately it is that both of our fathers passed away from pancreatic cancer. 🙁 She asked if I could dedicate some of my race to her Dad. His birthday was last week, January 15th he would have been 67 years old, way too young. She misses him terribly. I know the feeling. So although I don’t know much about her father, I do know that he was immensely loved by his daughter. I will run my race #44 in honor of Keith and for his family. I will keep up this strength and dedication to this fight as long as I live. It has become my lifes mission to bring awarenesss to a disease that has been ignored for far too long. We just can’t stop, every dollar counts and thank you so much Mignon for your generous donation. Also, every bit of awareness that we create makes a difference in getting people to understand that we can’t ignore this any longer. I will run in honor of a man who was so loved by his family and for his birthday my gift is raising hope for everyone affected from pancreatic cancer. We are in this together and together we will raise enough hope, awareness and money to end it once and for all. Sending hope and love to your family today and every day. God bless. My dear friend forever Jennifer Thompson reached out to me a few weeks ago because her beautiful mother in law Donna Thompson passed away the day after Christmas after losing a long battle with diabetes on December 26, 2012. All though I am running to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer ,these two people died needlessly.Donna was a devoted wife, loving mother, giving grandmother, loyal parishioner and friend. Donna was loved by many and will be missed. I love Jen and her family with all my heart. A special Mile 26 is for you Donna xo We will continue to search for a cure for pancreatic cancer, for all cancers and for all diseases, something has to be done. I am hoping that this campaign can inspire, create and help send that message of action. So with that, I am off to run 26.2 miles against a beast of a disease and for others too. Knowing that we are not alone in the fight, we must come together and end it once and for all. Sending all my best wishes and so much love to the family of Keith Knapp and Donna Thompson, I will see you in 26.2 . We got this! xo      

A dream is a wish your heart makes: This dream is for you: Carolyn Manning #43

Carolyn loved Disneyworld :)

Carolyn loved Disneyworld 🙂

In the beginning of my journey I met Christine. I remember her telling me about her Mom and how she loved Florida, Carolyn actually lived in Florida and loved Disney World. Above is her mother Carolyn and her two grandchildren Colleen and John, shortly before she was diagnosed with PC in 2001. She was just 61 when diagnosed in Sept 2001. Carolyn loved spending time with her grandchildren, walking the beach, volunteering, traveling, and cooking. She was the best cook… Made the most incredible lasagna, chocolate chip cookies, and baked stuffed shrimp. Yum! She was a great listener, and always saw the good in everyone. How inspiring is that? When I hear about people like Carolyn, it just makes my heart sing but yet I cry that another beautiful soul was taken away from us much too soon. Christine says her optimism was contagious. She believed she would beat this beast. She knew that time was such a gift….they appreciated every minute. Carolyn lived til May 2005, and when I say lived you know she did. She had a heart of gold, and a soul of an angel. Now she is a beautiful angel and can we all please learn from this beautiful woman? To treasure time, to always see the good in everyone and be optimistic. You can see it in her smile, and that is what the world needs more of. Today I will run for Carolyn and remember what a happy spirit she was and hope that I can have at least a sparkle of what she had within me to shine all the way to the finish line today. Carolyn Manning, this one is for you, as I run through the magical world that is Disney, I will remember a woman who’s optimistic,loving, inspiring spirit shined as bright as the fireworks over the Magic Kingdom’s castle. The fact that I am running at the happiest place on earth is very fitting for this very happy, positive woman. Thank you Cristine for allowing me to honor your mother today and remember her while I run. You better believe I will be smiling, singing and maybe even dancing the streets of Disney for Carolyn. Remembering a beautiful woman and working my but off to beat this darn disease that took her way too soon. With all my best wishes and love- Julie xoxo

A special mile, for a special man. Mile 6 for Victor Potvin.

I had a special request this week from Michele, a volunteer with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to run mile 6 of today’s race for her father Victor Potvin.
He was her biggest cheerleader. Just like my Dad. How could I resist? Michele mentioned 6 has a lot of meaning for her family Her birthday is 6/6, her son was born on the 6th, her father died on the 6th, and 6 has always been her lucky number. So being in that tomorrow is the 6th, we dedicate mile 6 to a very special man.
Victor passed away on January 6th, 2007 after a 6 month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68, in the first few years of retirement and loving life. He and his wife had been married for 48 years, and had just bought his dream home in FL for the winters, so he could play golf year round.
He was never sick a day in his life, so when he was diagnosed with pc, it was completely out of the blue. When he passed away, Michele was pregnant with her son Logan, who was to be his first grandchild.
Sooo Cute :)

Sooo Cute 🙂

Victor was the coach on Michele’s basketball team, played hoops in the driveway with her and her sister and endured many rounds of tennis helping her perfect the sport in high school, though she is not sure he was ever a fan of the sport 🙂 . What a guy! He always gave everyone a chance – he believed in the good in most people.
After he died, Michele’s sister and mother got so many cards from people they had never met, or not heard from in years with wonderful stories about their memories of her father. He is missed dearly by all every day. It’s in his memory that she volunteers with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Purple Power.  Go Michele!

Purple Power. Go Michele! Thank you !!! 🙂

Michele- Mile 6, is for all of you. You, Your Dad, your mother and your sister. I will smile and remember a man who saw the good in everyone he met, with a heart of gold and let him be a shining light of an example for all of us to do the same. What an honor. By the way, I was told that in numerology, this is a number 6 year. It can be the best of years if we are willing to be responsible for our actions. Let’s express integrity in everything we do, like Victor did. 🙂
Also, Thank you for contacting me in our quest to put an end to pancreatic cancer once and for all.
All the best. We got this and we did it!!!!
Mile 6
With love,

Marathon #42- For Nancy Kramer: What can I say… She did it her way!

I met Nancy’s amazing son Mark Kramer, right after I lost my Dad through a mutual friend’s Facebook post. Then I finally got to meet him in real time at the Missoula Marathon, my marathon #14.
Finally, 2 years later we meet :)

Finally, 2 years later we meet 🙂

Mark told me about how he lost his mother to the ugly beast we call Pancreatic Cancer. It was my first introduction to someone else affected by pancreatic cancer, until then I really had no idea what we were dealing with and what lied ahead. As I sit here on the plane to Mississippi to run marathon #42, I listen to Frank Sinatra sing “I Did it My Way” which was the song Mark describes his mother in her eulogy. Funny thing, I always have thought of my Dad when I heard that song. Nancy: She lived a life, that was full. She travelled each and every highway And more, much more than this, She did it her way.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, a devoted wife, mother of 3, a teacher, a woman of the world who loved to travel. (Just to name a few) It sounds like she had the strength that could move mountains and a love that made a house a home and that is what Nancy was all about LOVE. She got it right. Just look at the love she gave to her family and her 6 beautiful grandchildren. So beautiful.
Beautiful xo

Beautiful xo

Mark describes his mother as super woman and as I read more I would tend to agree. For example as if the above wasn’t enough, Nancy battled breast cancer and while going through treatment, she never missed a day of work. She also entered into a local 5k race and won first in her age group. Wow! When she was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer and given a very short time to live she forged on for 3 more years battling it with dignity, bravery and love. Her family was always a priority and she still made time to really LIVE her life, she did it her way while loving everyone up along the way. It doesn’t get much better then that. I could go on and on about this amazing woman, but then I would miss my marathon. Seriously, this post does not do her justice. However, over the next several hours I will remember and honor a woman after my own heart. She raised a beautiful family, lived her life to the fullest! She faced it all and she stood all and did it her way! Sending love to you Mark and your beautiful family. May your mother’s beautiful spirit of love continue to shine on you all the days of your life. What a blessing she is and always will be. Mickie Thank you for letting me honor her in this way and I am going to love it up for the next 26.2 miles in honor of your mother. We got this! xo Julie