In Honor of (2014 Boston Marathon)

Saturday December 21, 2013  Turlough Meehan

My run today was in honor of Turlough.  Turlough is where this is all began for me and what’s all about.  His courageous battle taught me so much about love, hope, and life.  I look for his strength to guide me through the challenges of life.

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Saturday December 27, 2013 Eric 

Eric was in the ICU at Children’s Hospital in Boston along side Turlough.  Eric was a courageous teenager and received his treatment through Dana Farber.  Eric lost his battle around the same time as Turlough.  Eric is one of the many children who were at Children’s Hospital during Turlough’s stay.  Phelim and Amanda think about Eric and his family often.

 Saturday January 4, 2014 Betsy Patsavos

Betsy was my friend Nick’s mother. Betsy’s battle began in 1989 with a brain tumor and she lost her battle in 2011 when she was 66 years old. Betsy was married for 45 years to Chris Patsavos. Her family was the focus of her life and she always put her two sons, Nick and Jon, first. Betsy loved nature, animals and was an avid sports fan. The New England Patriots were her favorite!

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Saturday January 11, 2014 Claire Sullivan 

Claire was my boss/friend’s mother.  Claire lost her battle with lung cancer at the young age of 52 on February 21, 1984.

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Saturday January 18, 2014 Keith Lewis

Keith lost his battle with cancer on January 18, 2013 at the age of 67. Keith was a great person and a dedicated family man, husband to Sue and father to Ken and Josh. He loved to golf and hunt. He was a Police Officer with the Town of Dennis for 32 years. He made his way through the ranks and retired as a lieutenant. He was loved and respected but the community but most importantly by the officers who works beside him daily. He loved patrol and often worked the 4-12 shift. I was lucky to have met Keith through the years but never had the opportunity to work for him. Many of my co workers tell me they aspire to be the leader and supervisor Keith was.

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Saturday January 25, 2014 Linda Starr

Linda lost her 10 year battle with cancer just a few days ago at the young age of 55.  Linda was a great a person who loved to give back.  She volunteered for Meals on Wheels on Cape Cod.  Linda loved animals and anything outdoors.

Saturday February 1, 2014 John Zaffino

Saturday February 8, 2014 Lena Messina Cichella

Lena Messina Cichella Thompson was the first American born daughter of Italian immigrant parents in the small northern town of AuSable Forks, New York  fondly call “the Forks”.  Lena’s father owned a produce market and she would accompany him on his deliveries to those who summered in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains.  Lena met the love of her life Earl Thompson when she was 17, he was 20.   Completely taken by this older man, Lena and Earl married and had four children. Lena loved to cook her famous spaghetti sauce and both she and Earl loved music.  The house was full of people from the neighborhood every Sunday afternoon all enjoying her delicious food and listening to the Mills Brothers.

Winters being what they are in northern New York, the family moved to Connecticut, eventually moving to Cape Cod after retirement.  Lena and Earl traveled the country subsequently settling in Weeki Watchie, Florida where they became snow birds.  Lena loved to be surrounded by her children, their spouses and all eleven grandchildren.

Lena was taken from us all too soon succumbing to leukemia in her home on Cape Cod surrounded by those who loved her.  The legacy of her love, laughter and feistiness lives on in all of us.

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Saturday February 15, 2014 Ellen Cunningham

Lost her battle with breast cancer in December of 1994.  She was 45 years old.  She is loved and missed by so many, including her husband, three sons, and two grandchildren.

Sunday February 23, 2014 Louise “Lizzie” Correia

Lizzie lost her battle with cancer on October 24, 2004 at 84 years old.  Her granddaughter wrote the following about her,

You have a warm and loving way that’s all your very own, a way of understanding that belongs to you alone. You have a way if giving any day a lighter touch…so it isn’t any wonder that you’re loved so very much.

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Friday February 28, 2014 Denise Higgins

Saturday March 8, 2014 Sarah Robinson’s mother

Sunday March 16, 2014 Judith Ann Schour

Saturday March 22, 2014

Saturday 29, 2014 Charity Saturday run from Hopkinton to Boston College

I am dedicated my run this week to all those fighting cancer and to those who have fought hard to beat it.  Your strength, support and determination inspire and encourage me everyday!

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