This year I will be the same age as my father, Ray Morris, when he died during open heart surgery on September 26, 1991. His heart disease was exacerbated by smoking. I was finally able to quit smoking through a smoking cessation program sponsored by my local hospital, Pikeville Medical Center, and the American Lung Association. I plan to run my very first marathon, Monumental Marathon, on November 4, 2017. November 4th is my father's birthday! I will run every mile thinking of him and others who struggle with tobacco and nicotine addiction in hopes it helps another individual quit smoking.