“When I was young,” recalled Rob Shinar, “my mother changed hairstyles often. As I child, I didn’t really know anything had been wrong until much later.” Rob is accompanying his father and sister today on Day 1 of the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day, a 60-mile journey to raise funds to help end breast cancer. “I thought everything was fine until I got a call at work. My dad called. Her breast cancer had returned 20 years later and was in her bones and lungs.” Rob and his sister Ally joined their father, John, today as he is walking in the Twin Cities. John has dedicated himself to walking all 14 events this year in honor of his wife, Martha, and to help find a cure for the cancer that took his wife.
On Day 1, the route here in the Twin Cities wraps around Lake of the Isles, and John, Ally, and Rob, along with other family and friends stopped at Pit Stop 2, gathered a bouquet of pink flowers that had been dropped off previously, and walked near the route to honor their wife and mother at Lakewood Cemetery. “Martha and I met in college in Michigan,” John responded when I asked him about her. “She was beautiful and she didn’t think so. You know the type?” John smiled. I knew. You can easily get a sense of who people are by how others talk about them. When I listened to John talk about Martha, I knew exactly who she was and how she lived. “Ally and Rob. Look at them. They’re just the same. There is a lot of Martha in them.”
The Twin Cities are hot today, and John and his two children placed the pink flowers in the shade of Martha’s memorial and embraced. It was a special stop for a wonderful woman. The three spent some time together at the site and then made their way back to the route. “I walk because everyone deserves a lifetime,” says John. “I will walk, I will run, I will ride. I will not rest until a cure has been found.”
What a beautiful thing ya are doing in the memory of your Wife and your children’s Mom…Your a Ture man and your Children I know are Proud of you as you are of them ….Prayers of Peace are with ya as ya walk …<3
Thank you so much, and God Bless,
God Bless you, John. So inspired by you and looking forward to walking with you in Tampa!
This is a great blog post and well overdue…so glad the kids were with you today, and I am certain Martha was, as well. God Bless you all and may the rest of the weekend be as good, if not better, than today.
Wow. Cannot think of anything else to say. You have inspired all of us and please know how much we are all so very proud of you guys.
All of the Frandsen’s
Wow! I’ll keep an eye out for John in Seattle.
I had the honor of walking with you in Seattle. Your dedication is unmatched. God bless you and your family. She is walking right next to. Stay strong my friend. Scott H.
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