When you’re 5 and Fighting for your Life.

Please meet Trevor Tredaway, a five year old that lives in Midland Texas and has survived ( 2 ) brain surgeries and numerous rounds of chemotherapy in his fight against cancer. He’s not doing so well right now, and a call has gone out to send massages of hope to this brave boy and his family through his website. Please visit his site http://Caringbridge.org/visit/trevortredaway to read his story and if you’re so inclined, sign his guestbook. His family reads the messages and gets comfort from the support.
Remember, every day is a gift.
All the Best,
Heather

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Wow, Can you believe it’s already October ?

Where has the year gone ? So many wonderful people have passed through the camera lenses this year, and brought such inspiration in their path. In a world that sometimes seems to have become so harsh and indifferent, they are like shining beacons of the true spirit of mankind. I’m so grateful to have been able to spend time with them and share a bit of the work they are so dedicated to doing. I’ve mentioned a bit of it in this blogsite, but wish there was time to really expand on their amazing lives. Anyway, here’s a couple more updates in the MPF film family.

Leilani Karasaki, the amazing oncology nurse that appears in our upcoming documentary ” C – A Celebration of Life ” has added another prestigious award to her already impressive list. She has just been honored with the Nurse of Hope award given by the Oncology Nursing Society – Hawaii Chapter. Congratulations Leilani, you certainly deserve it !

Funny lady Kathy Buckley is at it again. She’s on another crusade to raise money for one of her favorite charities, ” No Limits “, an organization dedicated to helping children with hearing disabilities. They are having an Aloha Walk-A-Thon on October 18th in Los Angeles, California that promises to be a bundle of fun. Great food, entertainment and prizes. If you happen to be in the area, check it out. All the information is available on their website, www.kidswithnolimits.com.

The MPF cameras headed to Idaho a couple of weeks ago to meet Barbara McQueen, and hear about her experience dealing with Mesothelioma, the disease that took her husband Steve McQueen at much too early an age. She will be appearing in our upcoming documentary ” The Erionite Connection ” about the research being done to find the cause and hopefully the cure to that devasting disease. What a wonderful and funny lady she is, and what fun it was to see all the great memorabilia she has from their time together. I asked her what advice she had for others that are facing great challenges, and though she doesn’t believe in giving that kind of advice, her attitude is to live each day as largely and completely as you possibly can. Thank you Barbie, for allowing us into your home. It was a blast !

Remember, celebrate each day, and never forget to take the time to tell someone you care.
All the Best,
Heather Continue reading Wow, Can you believe it’s already October ?

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Ultra Family Life

Life is amazing! If you never witnessed the birth of a child, it’s hard to convey the gift of living.  Money, status and what people think of you are out the window.  All that matters is the health of your new child.  For my lovely wife and I, this journey has taken over 12 years and was interrupted by cancer (the Big C).  Now we have two very cool boys that are almost exactly six years apart.

Oddly, I continue to workout keeping focused on some form for ultras while being a husband and father foremost.  So when do I run?  Well, work provides a time for running but that’s not enough time.  So, I try to time it just right between feeding our new son (usually late at night) and head out for the trails. 

So, with on average 2-4 hours of sleep per night, I hit the trails, alone, for some level of endurance training.  But the real focus is just time on my feet.  I’m so numb from sleep deprivation, I dream while running up the mountain ridges of a nice place to curl up in the mud and sleep.  But I push on running with my headlamp dancing in the darkness.  With over 20 years of racing under my belt, I draw upon many experiences to pick the right line up and down the ridges and along the cliffs.  And as a responsible dad, I carry full survivor gear for almost any situation.

For every step, I know that racing is not a focus just getting in a workout.  I cancelled all triathlons and races this year to take care of nearly three months of my wife’s bed rest, and make life normal for my older boy.  Life in itself is the hardest endurance race of all.  So I train for the next 100 miler with more sleep deprivation, night runs and playing with my boys every day.  And my training runs…some hurt like hell and others are so smooth.  It depends on getting a little sleep or not.

With about 14 weeks and about 300 hours of training to go before my next ultra, it’s nice to know that I am completing an ultra nearly every day.  And I like to think I am in first place in this race!

To my uncle and good friend Vernon, you keep up the strong fight against cancer, and we will all be the stronger for your efforts.

Aloha – Paul

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