>I am excited to introduce our first runner and JS honoree match up.
Christian was born 4/10/2009. He was born on Good Friday, hence the name Christian.
He was the 2nd child born to a couple in AZ. He was diagnosed with JS when his mother was 6months pregnant. He stayed at the Children’s Hospital for 3.5months and then Hacienda care Facility, until he was strong enough to come home. He was at home for 10 days. His parents hired a nurse to care for him while they were at work and she did a fabulous job. He had really bad apnea (periods when a person stops breathing) and his father had to revive him when they brought him home the first time at just 6weeks old. The Lord called him home on August 19th 2009 after the nurse was not able to revive him when the monitor went off.
Thank you to his mother Susan for providing his story.
Notice in this first picture that he is giving a big “thumbs up!”
What a precious angel
And meet his runner Lauren:
Lauren works with my brother Matthew at Xiong Lab at the Linberger Cancer Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. Lauren is one of our most seasoned runners. She ran for the UNC track team. She has asked some of her former team members and sorority sisters to join her and run with J4JS. This is her bio that is posted on the UNC website:
• 3,000 – 9:45.21
• Mile – 4:57.14
• 5,000 – 16:42.97
• 10,000 – 35:24.30 (and in case you didn’t know…this is pretty dern fast!!!!!)
Junior Year: Placed second in the 5000 at the ACC Indoor Championships earning her All-ACC honors • Her best 5K indoor time was 16:27 at the ACC Championships • Also ran the 3000-meters during the indoor season • Did not run in the 2009 outdoor season • Was a 2008 All-ACC, All-Region and All-American in cross country.
2008 Cross Country Season: Claimed All-America honors at NCAA Championsips with 30th place finish • Earned all-region honors with a fourth place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional • Finished fifth at the ACC Championships en route to All-ACC honors • Never finished below 15th on the year • Won the UNC Challenge and was named the ACC Performer of the Week.
Sophomore Year: Finished fifth in only 10,000 action of the outdoor season at the ACC Outdoor Championships • Also competed in the 3,000 and 5,000 during the outdoor season • Placed 12th at the ACC Indoor Championships in the 3,000 • Also competed as a member of the distance medley relay team and in the mile• Placed fifth on the team at the Notre Dame Invite • Ran at the ACC Cross Country Championships and the Southeast Regional • Scored at the NCAA Championships. Freshman Year: Member of the cross country team in the fall • Did not compete during the indoor season • Competed in the 5,000 at the ACC Outdoor Championships • Also competed in the 1,500 during the outdoor season • Made the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Freshman Year: Member of the cross country team in the fall • Did not compete during the indoor season • Competed in the 5,000 at the ACC Outdoor Championships • Also competed in the 1,500 during the outdoor season. Made the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Prep: Four-time all-state selection in cross country • Led her team to three cross country state championships • Earned all-state honors in the 800 and 1600 as a senior • Member of 3,200-meter relay champion team • Scholar athlete • National Honors Society member.
Personal: Biology major • Plans to attend medical school • Her father has had the greatest influence on her athletic career • Favorite food is salmon • Lists “Pretty Woman” as her favorite movie • Lauren Marie Holesh is the daghter of Michael and Annette Holesh • Born April 12, 1988, in Raleigh, N.C.
Thank you to Chrisitian’s mom and Lauren for sharing their stories. I will keep posting these stories periodically, check back soon for more matches!!