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A Feel Good Story

Posted 5/27/2014

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  Thanks so much to Cynthia for sending this terrific story to me. An obvious second sentence here is that I always welcome interesting articles and ideas for this blog. Please do send on anything that you see and think could belong in this space.

  This is an amazing and wonderful story of the men's lightweight crew coach at Harvard, Linda Muri, who ran the Boston Marathon this year six weeks after being diagnosed with breast cancer--and on day 8 of her second cycle of chemotherapy.

  Here is the start and then a link. Do read it; I promise it will give a lift to your day.

Six Weeks After Cancer Diagnosis, Coach Runs Boston
By Eileen Storey May 6, 2014

“One, two, three, four...” Linda Muri was counting steps as she approached the Boston Marathon finish line when she noticed a wave of sound traveling alongside her. Though there were nearly 50 others runners around her, the loudest cheers seemed to be moving in harmony with each one of her steps.
Then Muri saw a shadow behind her and turned her head to see a woman pointing to her and revving up the crowd. Eight weeks ago, Muri would have been just another one of the 35,000-plus runners, easy to overlook amidst all the commotion and excitement on Boylston Street.
But on Marathon Monday, a bright pink shirt and recently shaved head, though hidden partially by a men’s freshman lightweight crew hat, set her apart.Tipped off by Muri’s appearance and the gestures of the woman running behind her, the thousands of spectators who descended upon Boylston Street raised the volume of their cheering and clapping to an even higher decibel.


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