In that dream Bob told Tom he, too, had just completed a run (six miles) and was running every day. When Tom awakened he had the idea, a family run that would include Bob, his mother Shirley and his sister Jennifer.
And Tom (above, left), who has run many marathons over the years, including the Boston Marathon in 1996, 1997 and 2003, would raise money for American Liver Foundation
Tom has already raised $6,985 of his $7,500, with Tom himself donating $3,750.
But the other family members will be joining Tom only in spirit. Bob, who died 2016, had lost both his legs to infection and was never a runner. He was, however, a huge supporter of Shirley during her illness. Tom said.
Because Shirley (above, right) died of liver cancer 2011. And Jennifer had died at the age of one month in 1965.
"While my mom was not a runner, the last handful of years of her life, was as if she was finishing the last few-kilometers of a marathon. In my simple estimation, she won the gold," Tom, 64, wrote in an email. "Her hardest years – the final miles – breaking through the wall – were run with so much courage and optimism. ... She went through so much chemotherapy and radiation early on, only to find out that her liver was saturated with tumors. She never lost a stride of hope or that beautiful attitude and smile."