Thursday, September 16, 2010

Run!

Curt Brinkman 1953-2010

A very dear friend of Bill's and mine passed away last week. We became friends with Curt early in our marriage. (Bill worked with him at the time.) He gave me my first job as his secretary after I graduated from college, knowing full well that I would possibly quit at any time when a teaching job came available. And that teaching job came three months later. Curt was totally cool with that and very positive that I would land the teaching job I wanted so much.

Curt had an amazing perspective on life. He was remarkable in his tenacity and drive to be his best. He was the the first person to win the Boston Marathon in a wheelchair in 1980. The first of many marathons he would win including New York City. His last win came just three years ago in the St. George Marathon. If you don' t know Curt's incredible story, view this KSL-TV news story from yesterday: here

He was a great father and we enjoyed times in his home watching him get on the floor and wrestle with his three children. He could climb the stairs with his arms faster than any of us with our feet. Though he was always in a great deal of pain throughout his life because of the loss of his legs and many other health problems, he always had a beautiful smile and rarely let you know of his suffering. He was a great motivational speaker and inspired many to rise above their own trials. He was kind enough to do a fireside for our ward when we asked even though he was in great demand.

We were blessed to have his friendship and he will be missed by many.

Read more about Curt here.

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