Finishing the Great Race
Organized by: Ruel Lipat
Finishing the Great Race Hello everyone! My name is Ruel C. Lipat. I lost my only son, Joshua Ruel (JR) Lipat, July 15, 2008. My whole family was devastated. I was completely depressed and don’t want to move on. And after two years of depression and loneliness I had a heart attacked and almost died. My doctor advised me to take care of myself otherwise I will die at early age. I was simply overwhelmed and very scared. I dealt with the resulting depression by running and right now I continue making progress; however, I found out that my left knee was bad and could not run more than 5 miles, but I did not stop there. I asked for professional chiropractor to help me strengthen my knee. So I went to Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine which works wonder for me. After a series of treatment, adjustment and occupational therapies, my knee got better and since then I have completed three marathons. Finishing those races was great experience for me. Now I will be running to finish the great race with great cause. I will be running in New Yok City Marathon in November 6, 2016 and at the same time sponsoring my favorite charity which is the “Team for Kids” My motto in life is, “stop wasting precious minutes of our lives, start living it as though it could be our very last, be happy, do what is possible and do not give up.” I am so incredibly lucky to have an amazing wife, three daughters , mother, brothers, sisters, relatives, and a lot of friends that support me on this endeavor. Their love, encouragement and willingness to support me gives confidence and helps me get through the tough miles late in those race. I am definitely not lowering my expectations and want to continue running! By doing this, I hope to inspire people never to lower theirs. I want to encourage others to be in shape stay healthy in life and accomplish something memorable. I humbly request your donation to meet race registration needs and since I was unable to meet the specific time requirement for the New York City marathon, I will need to raise enough money for my favorite charity the “Team for Kids”. This will guarantee that I will get a spot for the marathon. Any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated and God will bless those cheerful giver. Any additional donation towards my travel needs will also be greatly appreciate. Thank you so much for your help and please spread the words to others. I really appreciated it. May God bless you all. Have a great day.