My involvement with Project Purple developed from “helping a friend”. As you can see from my photo, I am not a traditional runner. I am just an average guy that does CrossFit and some Olympic lifting meets. Outside my full time career, I am a coach at CrossFit Bethany. That’s where I met my good friend, Dino Verrelli. Over the past few years, I have been his CrossFit coach and he has been my Running coach. Dino helped me understand pace, heel striking, and stride. I am still a work in progress…
Recently, I have become more involved with Project Purple by helping Dino with a few events. Then one day I was helping out in his office and it all changed with a phone call. Dino called a patient, who was suffering from pancreatic cancer and undergoing extensive treatments as a last resort. He was delivering the news that Project Purple could help with their medical treatment expenses. The individual on the phone began to cry and express their gratitude as they didn’t know where else to turn. It was at this point; I understood the purpose of Project Purple and was inspired to help make a difference. Now, I will run this ½ Marathon- not for me…or anyone in my family…but for the people I don’t know and/or haven’t met that are truly in need of assistance.
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