Sunday, February 24, 2008
Remembering William Bennett on my run
Running on the trail with Trinity in Charlottesville again before going out to brunch at my former Rugby Coach Steve Giuffre's restaurant, Timberwood Grill. Incredible food, great company (really good to see Steve and meet his kids and parents), great run, overall wonderful trip to Karen's. Betsy and Karen spread the ashes of their old dog Roger (Bill's last dog, a German Shepherd) at the same spot in the woods that Bill always went on his walks too. The same spot where we spread Bill's ashes shortly after his death in 2004.
Bill died of internal injuries sustained during a fall during one of his walks, but Alzheimer's was what we remember as his biggest challenge. It was terrible to see him go, easily one of the most difficult times in our lives, but in some ways it was a blessing for him to avoid the long slow descent associated with Alzheimer's. Its times like these that I remember why I try to do such charity work.
Bill Bennett, VP of Bank of New York, wonderful father, devoted husband, beloved story teller, outdoorsman, extremely generous, free with advice or assistance and just an overall great role model for a kid just getting married looking for a way to be a success in both his personal and professional life. He is missed everyday. Glad we could bring Roger to you, hope you enjoy having your partner on all those walks in the woods I know your taking...
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!