Mile #21 Shane
You are the most inspiring and humble man I have ever met. I knew as long as you have breath you would take on the Big Foot 200 again. You are the definition if determination.
I would very much like for you to honor my Shane once again in your race. He was diagnosed on September 3, 2013 (funny how we never forget that date of diagnosis) with acute myeloid leukemia. It broke every part of our being. He had to endure very lengthy stays in the hospital for chemotherapy which sometimes cause him to be isolated in his room due to fevers he would get or viruses from that toxic mess they pumped into to him to try and “cure” him. He never did go into remission after 4 intense rounds of chemo so he was sent to Children’s National for stem cell transplant where he would face an even more intense dose of chemo and total body irradiation as well as complete isolation in the hospital for a month and a half. Treatment that never cured him and left an open playground for that evil to fully take over his body. He enjoyed spending his last days at home playing as best he could with all of his super heros. Ironically at his 100th day post transplant our very sweet Shane tool his final breath. He told me not to cry and that Jesus would take care of him and now he is very well taken care of. Running and playing and catching butterflies. He passed on May 4, 2014, at the young age of 2 years old and just a month short of his third birthday. He was known to everyone as Ironman Shane. He loved the Avengers. He loved wrestling. He loved his family and we loved him and miss him so very much. We carry him in our hearts every day.
Thank you Tom for carrying him with you on all of your races. I know he’ll be with you once again cheering you on.
Joi and Aairon Blake (Shane’s mom and dad)