Henry Stoever via Crowdrise
October 02, 2012
BENEFITING: BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION
Mileage Tracker: 185
“Half Time Adjustments”
This race is in memory and honor of so many people that have favorably impacted my life. Running the NYC marathon is a monumental occasion, and I have decided that its time to reflect on the first half of my life, assess the key drivers and make some half time adjustments.
In football, lacrosse, rugby and many other sports, the coaches and players assess the first half of play and make adjustments to ensure the outcome results in a “W.” What’s the relevancy to this marathon you may ask? At this point in my life, I’m 46.5 years old, so that’s puts me at half time in life. As I assess the first half of the game, all I can say is “wow” and “thanks” to so many people.
As I said above, this race is in memory and in honor for many…
First, I want to remember my dad – Henry vonHoff Stoever III – who died of a brain tumor when he was 30 and I was 2. In fact he died 2 hours before my brother was born. Thanks dad for bringing me into this world with mom…the most wonderful woman on the planet. Note: the picture on the left is of my mom and dad on 4.1.67 at the wedding of Lloyd & Art Backstrom in Richmond, VA...what a great photo!!!
Second, I want to remember Otto Kozik – one of my first best friends growing up – who died of a brain tumor in 3rd grade. We did everything together, and then one day he didn’t come to school…thanks Otto for all the great memories in Ft Lauderdale.
Third, I want to remember Steve Greene – one of my fellow officers in the US Marine Corps – who died of a brain tumor. We were leaving for a deployment to Panama early one morning, and he didn’t show up…thanks Steve for your superior leadership and for being such a fantastic role model.
Now to honor those still impacting my blessed life…
First, thanks to the good Lord for all of His blessings. The Lord works in strange and mysterious ways, and I am incredibly blessed for the power of the Spirit. To the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit, Amen...
Second, for my mom who is such an incredibly wonderful woman and has done so much for me, my brother and sister, and for many others over the years. I never would have gotten to where I am without the love and support from her. For those who know Cary Doyle, you know of her energy, passion for live and incredible gifts. Thanks mom!
Third, for my kids – Hank, Hannah and Charlie – who are truly gifts from God. You are fantastic ambassadors and thanks for being you. Stay happy and chase your dreams!
Fourth, for Kari – I have learned so much from her…more than I could have imagined and thanks for your partnership to raise such beautiful children.
Fifth, for my awesome extended family – Art & Lloyd Backstrom, Annie & John Warren, Lynn Magee, Mark & Donna Kirkpatrick, and Matt & Heather Pope. Thanks so much for all your love and support!
5.5…as part of the above, we have to keep Donna Kirkpatrick in our prayers as she recovers from brain tumor surgery. She will recover quickly and continue to be a great mom, wife and friend to many.
Sixth, to all my great classmates from Episcopal High School and the US Naval Academy. These guys and women are on call at any time…life long partners. Fred Malek, Matt Long, Brad Dozier, Rob Hoxton, Jim Shuford, JT Patrick, Stuart Smith, Jim Schwab, Tucker Hite, Tim Noonan, Mark Haden, Jose Escobar, Dennis Sullivan, Sparky Renforth…and many more…thanks!
Seventh, to my co-workers who I have learned so much from and have helped me learn how to build winning teams, focus on the customer, be a decent marketer etc. Leaders like Ken Daly, Kristen Conley, Peter Gleason, Katy Davis, Erin Essenmacher, Steve Walker, Jeff Cunningham, My-Chau Nguyen, Fred Schaeffer, Rhonda Jordan, Andy Florance, Chris Tully, Chris Clark, Steve Kalan, Michael Pocalyko, Scott Greenberg, Greg Pratt, Susan Paley, Kelly Dodd, Alex Lajoux, Sue Keith, Chris Jacobs, Doreen Kelly Ruyak, Andy Martin, Marc Gibeley, Amy Shulman, Dave Gurfein, Ray Griggs, Doug Huseman, Liz Barron…and many more, thanks!
Eighth, and these are really important people…my close friends. Fred & Britlan Malek, Jonna & Steve Stoycos, Terri & Chris Smith, Ed & Carla Geils, Scott & Meghan McCaleb, Sean & Therese McEvoy, Jim & Kerri Gardiner, Lou & Stacie Christopher…great people, and there are so many more too. Thanks!
In closing, I am so incredibly thankful and blessed for so much…great kids, family, friends, work and faith.
Now lets go play the second half of the game!
BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION wrote -
Team BTF is proud to be participating in the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4, 2012. Please help us raise awareness and funds.
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More than half of the people diagnosed with brain tumors could be saved if brain scans were regarded to be as essential as mammograms or routine blood tests. We have grown accustomed to routinely checking for breast, colon, prostate and other cancers – why not brain tumors?
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