…87 Days Until Race Day
This is a tough one, but you will be rewarded with a beautiful story if you can make it all the way through.
We are halfway through training for Ultramilano-Sanremo, the 175+ mile race I’m running in Italy on April 29.
Being that we are halfway through training, a significant milestone, I wanted to dedicate today to a cancer warrior who has had and will continue to have a significant impact on people.
Today was for Brooks.
Brooks was a healthy and full of life 5-year-old boy until he was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage 4, inoperable, anaplastic astrocytoma’s (brain and spinal tumors) on 6/13/15.
He was 5-years-old.
There was no cure for his type of brain cancer and limited treatment options. His limited treatment options lasted for 11 months.
On May 21, 2016, Brooks earned his Angel’s Wings. He will forever be 6-years-old.
“Brooks made me a mom. He taught me what life is truly about…love. His love for life and his family radiated throughout his battle with brain cancer. He fought with such bravery and faith over fear. He was Brave beyond his years and it was inspiring to watch. He never gave up. I now take his bravery, faith and love with me as I face adversity and try to find my way in this lifetime without him.” – Brooks’ mommy, Tracey.
For inexplicable reasons, certain cancer kids resonate with certain people. For me it was Chelsey Campbell. She is the reason there is a Snowdrop Foundation.
In running the Trail Racing Over Texas Habanero Hundred for Brooks, and carrying his photo with him for over 30 hours across 100 miles in August Texas heat, Dustin Abney is forever joined with Brooks.
The Snowdrop Honor Team will be a legacy for Brooks.
The sad reality is that Brooks is an angel, but the poetry of his life is that in those short 6 years, his story, his battle, his BRAVERY is now passed on through the Snowdrop Honor Team and at every race Dustin Abney runs.
That is impact. That is meaning. THAT is a life well-lived.
Brooks, today was a double workout, buddy. I hope you were smiling from above. I was smiling down here, especially when you put the wind at my back.
This puts my total January mileage at 273.52 miles.
Who will you meet tomorrow?