Our father passed away after battling glioblastoma, stage four brain cancer, for 20 months. He was a fighter that never gave up. Four wars and numerous combat missions could not take this Air Force officer down over the course of his 28 year career. Ten months after being diagnosed with brain cancer and undergoing brain surgery to remove the tumor, my father ran a 10k with a time of 54 minutes. Eleven months after surgery he ran the Dallas half marathon with a time of 2 hours and 18 minutes. Both races he ran after finding out that a second tumor had begun to grow. My father was runner and would never let anything get in the way of that, not even a brain tumor. To honor my dad and his passion for running, on February 16, we will be running the Austin marathon in his memory.