Marathon #36 is in honor of Doug Gurley xo - Marathon Goddess

Dear Sheri Burton, I will run today’s marathon in your father’s name, Doug Gurley. From what I gather, your father was an Amazing man, husband, father and grandfather. Doug was from Cincinnati, he had never been sick a day in his life. He died from Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 68. He spent his life giving to the unfortunate and to many homeless animals. He was swimmer, flew small planes, started his own business at the age 20. What an angel. I understand he and your mother married at 16 and made it 52.years. Wow. That is beautiful and although I love the #52 I would have added at least another 3o years to that 52. Your parents sound very special and so are you. I can feel the enormous amount of love you have for your father and I feel your pain, I know how hard it can be. I ran this marathon 2 years ago for my father, (with my father) and it changed my life.
Sheri you mentioned you would be be so proud and honored if I would run across the finish line with his name, however I am the one that is honored. I believe you also had asked what you can do. Thank you for asking and what we can all do to help stop this senseless disease from affecting so many beautiful people like your father is keep spreading the awareness. Please tell people to go to and let’s make a difference. Also please mention to your friends, family and anyone you think can help, and let them know that all donations made here on my website go directly to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, I don’t touch a penny of it. We need all the help we can get. Also, simply sharing and liking my page is much appreciated. You never know who you might touch. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Sheri, thank you for sharing a little bit about your wonderful father and letting me honor him in this way. Also thank you for telling me that he is looking down on me saying “You go girl, fight this and someday you will help find a cure.” I know he was a fighter too.
Sending all my best wishes to you, your family and all those affected by this terrible disease. Together we can Know It. Fight It and End it!!
We got this



1 Comment

  1. Kimberly Gurley Hennel | 12/05/2012 at 10:24 AM

    Dear Julie, saying Thank You doesn’t seem
    enough. When my sister Sheri sent me your
    site and what you had done, crossing the
    finish line carrying our Dad’s name I was over
    come. Seeing his name above your head touched
    me deeply. We are in a terrible club and share
    the same pain. I will always keep you in my
    prayers and put your organization at the top
    of my charity list. I hope you will know what you
    mean to so many people. Gods speed in your
    marathons and may God bless you and your
    family. Kim Gurley Hennel