Tom’s son Dave, a former high school runner at York Suburban and later at Towson University, used to join them. But in late Fall 2016, doctors found a tumor in his chest.
Tom and his wife, Linda, constantly traveled to Maryland to be with him at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in Maryland. They found solace in a group of friends who were there every step of the way.
“They just dug in, helped out and took over when all this turmoil started happening in our lives,” Tom says. “Our friends are like gold.”
On July 1, 2017, Dave died from cancer. He was 43.
Four months later, Tom and more than a dozen friends and family ran the Fall Flash 5K in Wrightsville – all wearing bold, red shirts with the words “Run 4 Dave” written across the chest.
Today, Tom’s 72 and still enjoys running. He’s signed up for the York Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving.
He’ll run as long as his body lets him. He’ll run with Elizabeth. He’ll run for Dave.