In January 2017, I was asked to run a 5K with a group of friends. I was told that “there’s beer at the end!” Ok, sure, I might run for beer I said. But, I still hesitated to actually register. Then Ashley / Bea went into the hospital, and her sister Emily said to me, “run it with me, run for Bea”. Knowing how Ashley grabbed life by the horns and didn’t let Cystic Fibrosis stop her, I signed up for the Mayflower Brewery St. Pats 5K for Bea. Little did I know what the following weeks would bring, just how much that first 5K race would change me, and how much it would mean to me.
As we approached this year’s race, and the first anniversary of Bea’s passing, I couldn’t help but feel the need to do it again – and get a team of my and Ashley’s friends together for it. And we certainly showed up! 29 team members, and the #1 team – Beastrong: Breathe for Bea! It really was an incredible turnout.
Despite the freezing cold, fierce headwinds and March snow, we all made it through the finish line – and to the beer tent! I could not be prouder of the Breathe for Bea runners, and I know we all made Ashley proud once again! Until next year!