6 days to go!!!
April 25, 2016
BENEFITING: PROJECT PURPLE
ORGANIZER: PROJECT PURPLE
EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016
“If you want to go fast, go alone, If you want to go far, go together.” -African Proverb
I am now sharing this page with my sister! As of today, 4/25, she is officially running the OC Half Marathon! This is now OUR page, and together, we are running in honor of our dad, Phil Howard.
We lost him in May 2014 to Pancreatic Cancer. He was diagnosed March 1, and the next three months were a devastating whirlwind. We saw this terrible disease mercilessly take a precious life. Unfortunately, we are not alone in this experience and there are so many families who face this disease. That’s why Jennifer and I are proud to play a role in changing this. So many of you have donated to the cause, and we are so grateful YOU are fighting with us!! Thank you so much!! The support has blown us away!
It’s almost been two years since we’ve lost him, and there is not a day that goes by he isn’t deeply missed. Our dad was one of a kind: quirky, compassionate, kind…he was passionate about everything he cared about, and since 1977 his number one was God. My sister was born that year (Sorry to sell you out on your age, Jen), and I was born in 1980 so our entire lives he grew in this relationship and continually shared that with us. We had a front row seat in watching God continually use someone to share His message of love and peace. Our dad never stopped spreading the gospel because he was such a loving and giving person. He felt like he had found something so deep, profound, and life- changing that he had to share it with others.
God’s Grace was something he was particularly passionate about, especially in the last several years of his life. He had grasped it in a new way, and he felt true freedom and rest that God’s will was out of his hands. He wanted to be open to whatever God had for him, and he was honored to serve Him in any capacity. His favorite verse was Romans 8:28:
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.”
He quoted this verse regularly, even in his final days of being able to speak… He believed it to the core. Seeing someone faithfully love God and believe that his life has purpose while his body is dying is transforming. Life on earth is temporary, but it matters. We don’t take our health for granted. Every day we fight to be strong and healthy to live our lives to the fullest.
Thanks daddy, for being such an example to us. This is for you!!!
Click on the link below to watch the slide show we played at his memorial:
To learn more about pancreatic cancer, click on the link below: