Last fall I was put in touch with the gentleman who runs races. Ross is his name and he has been running for Team In Training since 1999, which to me me is long before it was a "fashionable" thing to do. Ross stumbled across my Fiddy2 website and we have stayed in touch ever since.
For the longest time, Ross has taken special interest in a young girl names Kelly Grubb.
Kelly first began her battle with cancer in the first grade. Eight years ago Kelly was given 6 months to live. Then 6 years ago, Kelly made history when she became the first pediatric patient in America to receive a mini-stem cell transplant from a mismatched donor.
Unfortunately, Kelly's battle ended a week ago today. Brave and optimistic until the end, Kelly finally succumbed to the diseases she had been fighting for most of her life. Ross sent me a link to the following article which I hope you have a few seconds to read. Click HERE.
While I never met Kelly I feel I knew her through all the emails Ross shared with me. I have been planning a whirlwind weekend in June encompassing two states, 20 hours of driving and two marathons. One marathon was in Helena located just a few hours south of where Kelly lived. I was hoping to possibly meet her in Great Falls and tell her what an inspiration she has been to me even just through the words of Ross. Unfortunately, now I will not get the chance to meet her. However, I hope her own fight inspires you to take on those personal battles you are currently putting off.
And if you want to send a card for sympathies, Kelly's parents are listed at the below address.
Don and Patty Grubb
125 1st Avenue SW
Cut Bank, Montana 59427
It would be AWESOME if you could take the time to send just a postcard from where you are, to show how far Kelly's story reached. If you want to bill me the $0.29 for the stamp and whatever for the postcard, I will pay it. (Those of you overseas have to pay your own! ;^ )
Thanks for taking the time to read.