The Running Whys – Carole Van Ember

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This story ran in the May 13th edition of the Daily Gleaner.

When Carole Van Ember started running, she wanted to develop an improved healthy lifestyle, one that would allow her to enjoy quality time with family and friends for many, many years. The inspiration resulted from a powerful and painful memory for the Fredericton resident, who has called the city home for more than a decade.

Back in 2007, her mother Madeline died at the age of 55 from uterine cancer, less than seven days after Carole‘s son Bruce was born, in what she described as, “the best week and the worst week of my life.Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Jim Willett

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Jim Willett of Newmarket, Ont. ran the Scotiabank Fredericton Marathon Sunday, the start of a three-week, 1,200 kilometre journey will eventually take him to the Ottawa Marathon on May 29. His Marathon2Marathon trek is his latest long-distance running adventure that all started after he finished treatments for colon cancer in 2011. During his upcoming journey, he wants to document the people he meets, the experiences he encounters and the places he visits and share them with the world via social media. Photo: Submitted  This story ran in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner on May 7, 2016.

Jim Willett describes himself as storyteller, a cancer warrior and an adventure seeker.

This weekend, Willett, a native of Newmarket, Ont., will use Fredericton as a launching pad to highlight all three aspects of his personality, setting forth on an a trek that will link the Scotiabank Fredericton Marathon Sunday with the Ottawa Marathon on May 29.

The goal is to run both marathon events as well as all 1,200 kilometres in between, the latest test of endurance and dedication that helped him get through his fight with cancer, one that’s taught him valuable personal lessons and given him a greater perspective on life andimproved appreciation for others. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Nancy Cornect

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The story on Nancy Cornect is part of the 2016 Running Whys series. This ran in the April 30 edition of the Fredericton Daily Gleaner. If you have suggestions for someone with a great story, send a note to kevinbarrett16@gmail.com. Enjoy.

What started as a complement to her boxing regimen has developed into a passion for running that is making a difference in the lives of others.

About five years ago, Nancy Cornect, the Newfoundland native who has called Oromocto home since 2002, went on a jog with some of her friends at the Oromocto Boxing Club, all intent to boosting their cardiovascular fitness levels.

But Nancy, 44, quickly fell in love with the sport and soon found herself adding distance and time to her regular training sessions. Before she knew it, she trained for and completed a half-marathon. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Patty MacMillan

Last year, Patty MacMillan ran the Marathon by the Sea full marathon and this year, is aminign for the 5k inthe Night race, which takes place less than three months after she completed 18 weeks of chemotheraphy treatment after her latest battle with cancer.

Last year, Patty MacMillan ran the Marathon by the Sea full marathon and this year, is aiming for the 5k Into the Night race, which takes place less than three months after she completed 18 weeks of chemotheraphy treatment after her latest battle with cancer. Photo Submitted

Three times, Patty McMillan has fought cancer. On May 28, less than a month ago, she finished 18 weeks of chemotherapy in her latest battle. Among the initial plans for Patty, who completed the full marathon in Saint John a year ago, was training for the 5km Into the Night race at Marathon by the Sea this August.
What follows is her inspirational account of her challenging journey, the courage she displayed, the friends and family who supported her and the determination she showed to set and achieve weight-loss and running goals.
Enjoy.

by Patty MacMillan

I was never athletic growing up….

I never ran a race in my life….

Cancer changed everything….

What changed for me in the beginning was in my early 20’s I was told I was “Pre Diabetic.” I weighed in at 300 pounds at only 5ft 6″. This shock was only Continue reading