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You ran, Irene, you ran

Irene's Arm13.1 miles.

My friend Irene Pak, and her friend Abby Mohaupt, ran 13.1 miles today.

They call it the Santa Cruz half-marathon.

I call it a long, fricking way.

Irene ran in memory of our mutual friend Cindy Bolbach. Then, child of grace, she made the offer to others to provide her names of loved ones and she would run in their memory as well. She placed their names, temporarily, on her arm.

AsĀ  she ran, Irene raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I contributed to the cause. It appears that you still can too.

Irene and AbbyI stand in amazement at this accomplishment – amazed not only by the feat of the feet, but by the beat of the hearts that gave of themselves in memory and in honor. I am grateful to Irene and Abby and all who give of themselves for others.

13.1 miles.

See you along the Trail.

Photos used by permission from Irene Pak.

 

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Run, Irene, run

IreneMy friend Irene will run her first half-marathon on April 7: the Santa Cruz half-marathon.

She will run in memory of our mutual friend Cindy Bolbach.

In Cindy’s memory, Irene will raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

I have contributed to the cause. You can too.

After she learned of my contribution, Irene sent me a message of thanks.

“What more can I do to support you,” I asked.

Irene was online at the time as well. She replied, “As part of my training, I will not eat sweets or dessert until I run. You could do that, too.”

I stared at the screen a long, long time before responding. The folly of asking questions when he answers might be acceptable occurred to me.

But I have a deep admiration for Cindy. And cancer has claimed too many friends and people I do not know through the years.

After what must have seemed like an eternity to Irene, I responded. It took about three or four days of sporadic electronic conversation before I agreed.

On January 1, I started. No sweets. No desserts. And I have done it. I wish I could say I cut out those categories all together. But I have not. I simply have replaced them with nuts and crackers and chips.

Guiness Jameson ShakeA chocolate Guinness Jameson shake identified by my friends Bruce and Nancy has tempted. Sorely tempted me. But I have resisted.

Several late nights I have wanted to head to the local convenience store and exchange a fistful of dollars for a sackful of chocolate. But I have prevailed. Sometimes I go and get more nuts. But I have prevailed.

For almost a month I have resisted and prevailed. It has been a challenge. But not as difficult a challenge as I thought at the beginning.

Ice CreamI do really miss Ben and Jerry’s though.

However, the point of this is not about me, remember. I told you at the beginning:

My friend Irene will run her first half-marathon to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory Cindy Bolbach.

I have contributed to the cause. You can too.

See you along the Trail.

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