Cancer ended my magical 47 year marriage.
Last year I was invited to run the NY City Marathon for cancer research through the Jimmy V organization, just one month following my wife Bonnie’s stage 4 pancreatic diagnosis. Having run NY previously and knowing I had a scheduled marathon a few weeks before NY, my gut call said to pass. However, when I visited the race website and saw it was being held on Nov 5, I knew it was a calling to race. You see, at 16 years old, that was the day that I met Bonnie, and began our magical 52 year relationship. Nothing could have stopped it except for something as terrible as cancer.
Despite her valiant fight throughout 2017, Bonnie passed away on November 11, just 6 days after the race. I questioned her as to whether I should remain at her bedside in California and skip the race, she demanded that I race for her, all others impacted by this disease, and for all those supporting the effort with their donations. Bonnie committed to me that she would hold on until I got back – what a gal! The night prior to racing I questioned again if I should be racing, but I decided if she passed while I was in NYC, it was meant to be that way, and November 5 would take on additional significance in my life.
After finishing the race I jetted back to California, where the Doctors informed me she had just days to live. Well, I lost her. But I haven’t lost the commitment to fight this cancer monster. 2018 I’m returning and hoping I will gain support for my effort and the efforts of the Jimmy V Team.