March 12, 2017. Sometimes you participate in an event and learn # it isn't the event but the people who make an impact. So today I participated in the ocean swim portion and run of the Las Olas Triathlon.
Now read this: my athlete today who is 67 is an incredible woman. Her name is Kerry Gruson. I knew she was physically limited but mentally strong w a degree from Harvard. However, I honestly didn't know HER story. Did she have CP or some other birth condition?? So today at 7:30 just before I would help push her kayak thru the ocean, I leaned in and said "Do you have CP Kerry?" Her reply brought me to tears.
Her reply was in a raspy soft voice," no,
In 1976 I was a reporter sent to cover a story in Vietnam. I was 26 at the time. I stopped off in Hawaii to interview a Green Beret about the story. During the interview in a hotel in Hawaii, the man had a PTSD flashback. Thinking I was against him, he strangled me. He choked me to death. He left me for dead without oxygen to my brain. I managed to crawl and was found by someone. The police actually thought I was drunk until they saw my neck. I have been paralyzed ever since. Tears poured out of me immediately.
I said to her well we are happy you are here and now able to enjoy great events like today w others.
Her response was,
"I HAVE A WONDERFUL LIFE!" She then gave me a thumbs up 👍🏼
Yes, I cried even more and knew before the start, there was NO f-in chance I wasn't finishing this race for her... What a truly moving and emotional experience as we finished the race and she gave us another 👍🏼 .
Days like today remind me that running a race is great and a fast time and placing is awesome, but helping someone else finish is really 1st place!
Thanks for reading and A tremendous thanks to Sandy Lechner Jim Sayih Michael Sayih Maricarmen Saleta Guy Romain Hector Picard Joshua Cure HD Cohen for a great day that shows
Team work makes the dream work.
Health always and thumbs up!👍🏼 please go to Thumbsup international and like her page.
Second 5K race of the Day!! lol (sorry)... It was an honor to get a 2nd Place Overall representing Team ThumbsUp in an awesome event such as the @5kparkfest
Congrats to my Betinhooo @bto81 looking strong! 💪🏼😉 #5KWars
Time to Recover 🍔🍕🍩🍻😝
Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone! ..........................