scott berta wrote -
Julie Bellem passed away June 1, 2015 from breast cancer. She was the wife of my pledge brother Matt Bellem and brother to our fraternity brother Shep Lawrence. She was one of the most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Julie wasn't a half glass full person, she was a glass is always full person. She battled her cancer with more grace and dignity than anything I have ever seen and I felt compelled to do something more than to offer condolences and walk away. Julie loved the University of Georgia and even more, the Georgia Bulldogs. Another event she became a huge supporter of was the 60 mile walk for Susan G Komen. I thought what better than to merge the two into a hybrid event to raise money for a cancer research fund, www.bcrfcure.org, chosen by her husband and brother. Last year, I along with my brother in law and several pledge brothers rucked 68.25 miles from Athens to Atlanta in approximately 24 1/2 hours. We carried a 37 lb sandbag to symbolize Julie's age at death and we each carried 10 lbs for the combined ages of her children and length of fight. This happened early Friday morning November 27, 2105 and ended early November 28, 2015. The significance of this weekend is it is the Georgia vs Georgia Tech game and the last game of the regular season. Julie never got to stop and say enough and she never said "I quit." Therefore, we will not stop and we will not quit until we have arrive at our destination.
Another reason for us to rejoin this effort is Julie's mother, Polly, lost her battle with breast cancer this August which provides us with even more drive to see this through and to carry the torch which these two courageous women carried with more heart than I could ever imagine.
We have decided to return Julie back to where it all started and Matt and Shep have jumped on board to join in on the ruck. We will travel from Atlanta to Athens this time which will complete this journey and we ask of you again to help support us and the research to help find a cure so that no one else has to ever fight this fight again.