Why I Run the Bellin Run: Jessica Terrien, Denmark

May 23, 2013

My dad was diagnosed with terminal, stage IV cancer on his 65th birthday in June of 2009. I watched him go through weekly chemo and radiation treatments for months; always walking in under his own power, even when he barely had strength to get out of bed.

He lost his fight seven short months later, in January of 2010. When he was in treatment, I thought, if he could walk into his weekly treatments on his own, I could walk the 6.2 miles of the Bellin Run. Then he passed away. I then changed that thought to finding a way to run the 6.2 miles.

I had never been a runner up to that point in my life. I ran the entire race that June, with my dad's picture pinned to my shirt. We crossed the finish line together. I haven't looked back. Now running is my therapy, my time to be with my dad.

I ran my first half-marathon one year and one day after he died. I never thought that would be possible in my lifetime. I run with an angel on my shoulder, whispering “you’re doing great!” in my ear, every time I run.

I miss him dearly and think of him daily. I thank him for the gift of running.

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  • You’re amazing . . . you were amazing before and you’re amazing now. I love you.

    Molly Schreiber    May 24, 2013 at 8:32 am

  • I stand here with tears streaming down my face, not knowing exactly what to say.  I am so glad you have found something and someplace to share your thoughts with D.  I celebrate your commitment to running and your love of your father.  May they never wane.  I love you, Jess   MoOxM

    Cris Schreiber    May 24, 2013 at 10:50 am

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