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Patricia & Brendon Murphy
02/03/2009 06:24

Hi Jonathan!

Great Site and A Very Worthy Cause! We Wish you All The Best on your Sunrise Run and look foward to seeing you on July 26th in Amherst!

All The Best From,
Your PEI Cuzins!

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Jonathan
02/04/2009 03:18

Thanks! This is quite an undertaking! Am I crazy?! Such a important cause which needs attention is worth all the effort and more.

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02/08/2009 18:17

Hi Jonathon:
I am speaking with Joan in Lyons Brook as I write and she has told me of your phone call and your run in memory of your mother. We are so proud of you and what you envision. Joan says 'If anyone can do it, it would be Jonathon'.
Looking forward to seeing you when you pass through Pictou, Toney River and we will be in Amherst to welcome you.
Blessings and love,
Joan and Mary

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Jonathan
02/09/2009 11:29

Thanks for the support! So encouraging to hear those words from my Elementary School Principal!! It's going to be quite a journey! J

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Jonathan
02/10/2009 02:28

Today I will attempt to run twice in the same day, 30 minutes each time, to get used to running on tired legs. If I do this a few times a week, along with long runs of up to 20-25km on the weekends, I am hopeful that will be the basis of hat is needed to complete the trail in a short period of time. Good thing it rarely snows in Belgium!

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Jonathan
02/10/2009 02:29

Just noticed my two spelling errors in my blogs. Apologies! I will repeat them five times each to avoid forgetting in the future!

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Andrew Alcorn
02/19/2009 23:35

Jonathan,

Wow, this is awesome! This is a great way to remember your mother and help others at the same time. One of my classes did a fundraiser for the palliative care unit when it first opened, I took the students over for a tour of the facility along with Dr. Farrell and his staff. The students had no idea what this place was all about. It really is an amazing place and I am glad to see your mom had a peaceful spot to spend her last days with you.

Anyway, I wish you the best of luck in training for this selfless task and I know how proud Sharon would be!!!
I will be sending a pledge.



Cheers,

Andrew

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Andrew Alcorn
02/20/2009 01:47

Jonathan,

Wow, this is awesome! This is a great way to remember your mother and help others at the same time. One of my classes did a fundraiser for the palliative care unit when it first opened, I took the students over for a tour of the facility along with Dr. Farrell and his staff. The students had no idea what this place was all about. It really is an amazing place and I am glad to see your mom had a peaceful spot to spend her last days with you.

Anyway, I wish you the best of luck in training for this selfless task and I know how proud Sharon would be!!!
I will be sending a pledge.



Cheers,

Andrew

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Jonathan
02/20/2009 03:05

Hi All,

Next week I will run 15km for three days in a row, take a rest day an thenv run for another three days of the same distance. Wish me luck! All the best, Jonathan

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Ken Kinzer
02/24/2009 10:42

Jonathan,

I want to echo everyone's sentiments in saying what a wonderful cause and great way to remember your mother. Good luck in your training, and all the best from Bev and I. We will also be sending a pledge.

Cheers,
Ken

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Jonathan
02/24/2009 23:08

Thanks Ken! Got through three days in a row of 15km. Rest day today. Our first three weeks have seen more than $1000 in donations to Palliative Care!

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Patricia & Brendon
03/02/2009 21:03

Jonathan,

We too want to echo everyone's sentiments!We are so proud of you and know your Mum is beaming with pride.

Congrats on your three days in a row of training. It definitely is quite an undertaking but we agree with Joan, 'If anyone can do it, it would be Jonathan'.

We applaud you on your enormous accomplishments thus far and wish you all the Best in the days ahead.

Take Care,
Patricia & Brendon




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Mark R, Young
03/05/2009 08:38

Jonathan!

I was surprised and impressed to see your Sunrise Run on the Pictou site (first I knew about it ... the run). I wish you the best of luck, and support! I would be happy to "cycle" along with you for "parts" of your journey.

Shari and I are missing one of our favourite neighbours.

Mark and Shari

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Shari Young
03/06/2009 07:13

Hey! Jonathon, Mark told me about your upcoming run. Very exciting. Your Mom would have been so proud. She loved you and Jill like there was no tomorrow. We miss her and often think about her. We must get together when you arrive. Sending our love to you and Jill. xx Mark & Shari and Girls

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Cindy Pettipas
03/09/2009 13:20

Hats off to you!!
What a wonderful tribute to your Mum, our Palliative Care Unit at the Aberdeen Hospital,and our Palliative Care Society!
I have fond memories of your Mum's short stay with us on the Unit, and how blessed she was to have you and Jill at her side during her final days.
Hopefully I will be on a day off as you pass through Toney River so I can stand with Joan and Mary and Cheer you on.
Best of luck with your venture and Thank you.
Cindy Pettipas (one of your Mum's nurses on the Unit)

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Jonathan
03/10/2009 01:17

Thank you for your message. It is the wonderful care that you and your colleagues provided that makes this such a worthy cause. See you in the summer!

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Shannon MacLean
03/29/2009 17:24

Hi Jonathan,
I wanted to wish you all the success and luck with your journey.

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Jonathan
03/29/2009 23:36

Thanks Shannon!

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George Rainforth
04/02/2009 08:20

Hello Mr. Young,
i am glad you liked my artical i wrote and When my dad has some spare time i will get him to donate along with me!

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Jonathan
04/02/2009 23:38

Thanks George! You are a great writer! Thanks for supporting this cause!

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Jonathan
04/04/2009 05:47

Hi All,

During these next two weeks, I plan to run for 12 days at distances varying from 15 to 20km. Incorporating rest days every 4th day will hopefully simulate what the Sunrise Run experience is likely to be.

Thanks for all your support, in ways large and small. Jonathan

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Jonathan
04/20/2009 00:29

Well I managed to jog/run nearly 200km over the past two weeks! Sore but ok! I want to thank Joan Robertson for her generous offer to use her van for the run in July! Thanks Joan!

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04/23/2009 09:12

Good for you Jonathan for redirecting the pain of personal loss to such a wonderful cause. An email from your friends this morning drew your site to my attention, with a request for a link on one of my sites in support. I am happy to do so.

On a personal note, we experienced similar family loss characterized by the all-too-familiar trips to Halifax for chemotherapy, radiation, bone scans, IVs and endless oncology consultations. Unlike your family, our loss concluded at home by choice but the many angels that drove the palliative service were fully involved nonetheless. Theirs is a special calling, deserving of our unselfish support.

Your example serves as a model for the rest of us who all too often think about such a response, but never find the time or motivation to follow through. No doubt community response will be generous.

Please let me know if there is anything you need respecting transportation, logistics, etc. I'll be cheering for you along "The Trail" when you pass. Good luck for a good run.

Graham Johnston
RR 4 Tatamagouche NS
gj@balmoralfarm.ns.ca
www.novascotiahealthjobs.ca

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Jonathan
04/23/2009 11:54

Graham,

A sincere thanks for your kind and motivating words of support and backing of this project. I will be in touch. See you in July.

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Rob McDowell
04/27/2009 08:09

Jonathan, best of luck. I expect I will see you at the Y in Pictou as part of your training. Also, I will be making a donation in memory of Sharon, a great lady she was indeed.

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Jonathan
04/27/2009 11:01

Cheers Rob!

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Gail Finniss
04/28/2009 17:32

Good luck with your run Jonathan. What a wonderful tribute to your Mom, a wonderful lady. I am a former neighbor on Westwood Dr. I was visting the Pictou Advocate site and came across your site and blog.

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Jonathan
05/12/2009 03:34

Thank you Gail. Two months from today it all kicks off!!

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Debra & John R Smith
05/13/2009 08:34

Jonathan, we wish you the best of luck with your run and your fundraising efforts for such a great cause. It was always a pleasure to be in the presence of your mom.

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05/14/2009 03:34

hi everyone,
Thanks so much for all of your kind words about our Mum and for your support of this huge undertaking!!Jonathan is training his legs off and we are getting very excited about the Sunrise Run and coming back to Pictou County to see all of you!It won't be long now. Can't believe where this year has gone! See you all along the Trail in July! love, jill xxx

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Murleta Williams
05/16/2009 07:14

Hey there Jonathan!!! I just got off the phone with Jill and want you to know I'm in for the end of the run "Kitchen Party". This is an enormous undertaking and I applaud your efforts. I am going to tell my Mom about your initiative 'cause she's on the Palliative Care Committee or whatever it is at the Aberden. I wish you well with your training and look forward to seeing you in July.

Lots of luv & Stuff,

Murleta

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Jonathan
05/18/2009 02:22

Thanks Murleta! Please spread the word wo whomever you can! See you soon.

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Gil Paelinck
05/19/2009 02:13

Good Luck Buddy!!

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Jonathan
06/03/2009 01:44

Not long now!!

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Jonathan
06/17/2009 10:38

Hi All!

Am in the Swiss Alps this week with the students and have been altitude training at 1500m above sea level! Lots of fun. Am very much looking forward to July 12! I would like to thank Mary and Walter MacDonald for all of their fundraising efforts so far! See you soon!!

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Michael MacDonald
06/26/2009 11:07

Jonathan,
I live in Pictou County and sadly lost my mom to cancer in 1999. She was 54 and my best friend. Losing her to cancer has left me with an urge to give back whenever I can. I run regularly and live near the sunrise trail near the pictou rotary and feel this is another one of those times.
I would love to join you for some miles. Please send me an email and let me know if I could tag on for awhile.
I admire very much what you are doing and wish you all the best.
Michael MacDonald
mikemacdude@hotmail.com

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Jonathan
06/27/2009 23:48

Mike,

Thank you for your message of support. I am of course sorry to hear of your loss. Please do join the Sunrise Run whenever you can! I will email you more specific details and dates. In the meantime, keep running and I hope to see you on the trail!!

I am running my last long run today, 20km. In two weeks it all kicks off!!

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Jonathan
06/28/2009 00:07

I wanted to tell you all about the running plan for the trail:

July 12 -Auld's Cove to Monastery
July 13 -Monastery to Pomquet
July 14 -Pomquet to Addington Forks
July 15 -Rest Day
July 16 -Addington Forks to Broadway
July 17 -Broadway to New Glasgow
July 18 -New Glasgow to Pictou Rotary
July 19 -Rest Day
July 20 -Pictou Rotary to Seafoam
July 21 -Seafoam to Brule
July 22 -Brule to Wallace
July 23 -Rest Day
July 24 -Wallace to Port Philips
July 25 -Port Philips to Cumberland
July 26 -Finish AT FORT LAWRENCE!!

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06/29/2009 08:44

hi everybody!!

I can't believe it's almost time to head to Pictou County to start the Sunrise Run!!Two weeks from today Jonathan will have finished Day 2 of this amazing challenge he's set for himself. We're both so grateful for everyone's support so far and really look forward to seeing all of you while we're in the County, from 10-29 July. Be sure to come out anywhere along the route above and cheer him on! And definitely come down to Carvers in Pictou, on Monday, July 27, anytime after 1900 to celebrate the end of the run with a Pub Night! Hope to see as many of you as we possibly can while we're 'home'.

love,
jill xx

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Adri Boodoosingh
07/01/2009 05:26

Volts,
Make sure you stretch properly, and most importantly, lock up the soap dish each night in the medicine cabinet.

Sorry I can't be there to chauffeur you around on a guided tour of my ol' hometown of Amherst when you finish. However, feel free to drop my name at any establishments there. You'll either be given a 10 per cent discount, or immediately and forcefully escorted from the premises. Either way, good luck on the run, my man!

Boo

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Jonathan
07/01/2009 06:53

Cheers Boo and thanks for the hygienic tip!!

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Janice Nichol
07/02/2009 14:00

Sincerest wishes for a safe and successful journey Jonathan and Jill. Please know that your Mom's former VON homecare workers are so in awe of what you are doing for the Palliative Care Program in her memory. Your dedication is inspiring. We'll cheer you on with gusto! Hope to see you at Carvers in Pictou. Your website is beautifully done, great family picture and what a beautiful, loving tribute to an amazing lady. Well done you two and best of luck!
Janice xo

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Jonathan
07/03/2009 02:04

Thank you Janice for your encouraging and kind words. You and your colleagues were absolutely wonderful to Mum and I hope this small effort can help your team continue to provide these vital services.

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Deanna Mohamed
07/04/2009 18:48

Hi Jonathan,

You are doing such an amazing thing and this site is absolutely wonderful. I miss your mother so and she would be so thrilled by what you are doing and I know she will be with you every step of the way.

I hope the weather improves for you and please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you for a safe and successful run.

God Bless,
Deanna

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Jonathan
07/05/2009 00:16

Thanks Deanna. Only one week away now. Will be resting up before flying over later this week. Looking forward to the start next Sunday.

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The Silcocks
07/11/2009 00:42

Just a quick note from not so sunny Belgium - perfect for running - hope it is the same for you - all the best for tomorrow and the rest of the run mate - GO FOR IT!

The Silcocks!

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Jonathan
07/12/2009 13:05

Well day one is done! 21km from Auld's Cove to Monastery along the scenic old highway, route 4. Jimmy D was the driver, got him up earlier than he's been up in years I think, 5:00am! Thanks Jim. Tomorrow Walter takes over the wheel as we head into Pomquet on another 21km tour of nothern Nova Scotia. Sun today, but Mark, I will get that rain I hoped for Monday. It's a day by day process, but we are underway! Video and photo footage to follow. Thanks all. J

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The Silcocks
07/12/2009 13:17

Great news! Round one under your belt -keep at it champ! BTW - the cricket ended in a draw (after 5 days play)! Very exciting!

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The Regent Mob
07/13/2009 05:28

Hi Jonathan and Jill!

Great start to an incredible journey!

Good luck washing the sweaty socks Jill!

Hope all continues to go well for you Jonathan!

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Jonathan
07/13/2009 08:54

Day two done! Tired legs but got 22km finished in about 2 hours. Thanks for the cricket update Mark, but what about the tour de france? Tomorrow is 21km as we pass Antigonish. Look for some coverage on www.herald.ns.ca this week. Must go and put the legs up. Talk tomorrow.

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Jeanette (Jeanie)
07/13/2009 11:17

Hi Jonathan,
Wishing you pleasant weather for the run. I am sure your Mom is watching with pride.
Take care ---Hope to catch up with you and Jill at some point.The kids from Ottawa are with us so we are between here and Pictou Island.
Tons of love,
Jeanette

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Dirk Jacobs
07/14/2009 00:25

Hey Jonnyboy!
How did the first two days go?
Are you realy running at 5 am? oh my god, this will be early mornings for me too...
What are the conditions like? Temperature, wind, surface?
Let me know if you want me to bring some extra gear you might need.
Elevate those legs brother!!
Hang in there...
Dirk

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Jonathan
07/14/2009 07:09

Hi All!

Day 3 down! A quarter of the way there now! Am running by about 7:00 each morning, a great time of day. Highway run today of 21.33km from Pomquet to Addington Forks. Just had my first ice bath, managed ten minutes, quite an experince to say the least, as difficult as the running! Dirk, can you bring more "volterun" gel please? Thanks. Rest day tomorrow and am I glad!! Thanks for all of the motivation and support. We are getting there. Happy Bastille Day to France!

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Jonathan
07/14/2009 07:44

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_w08ctzoR0

Sunrise is on You Tube!

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The Silcocks
07/14/2009 09:34

Saw the u toob vid - keep those shoulders loose mate!

OK you want cycling news here it is! Yesterday was a rest day – today they did 195 km Limoges to Issoudun – boring,flat racing across the Massif Central. Today’s top 3 1. Cavendish, 2. Hushovd, 3. Farrar. Overall - Yellow jersey: Rinaldo Nocentini Green jersey: Thor Hushovd –by 6 pts from Cavendish; Polka dot jersey: Egoi Martinez White jersey: Tony Martin
Overall placings 1.Rinaldo Nocentini 39hrs 11mins 04secs 2. Alberto Contador + 6secs 3. Lance Armstrong + 8secs
And news of next year! Tour 2010 starts in Rotterdam – stage 1 on 3rd July time trials – stage 2 July 4th Rotterdam to Antwerp!
I'm amazed you can't get this news in Nova Scotia! And apologies to anyone who hasn’t got a clue what I’m talking about – I’m just providing fuel for another of Jonny’s obsessions as directed above!

Hang loose mate!
Mark

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Jonathan
07/14/2009 09:57

f Ocourse I can get all of this news, I was just winding you up Mak! Rest day tomorrow for me so can watch it all on the Outdoor living network! Wanted to mention the pub night at Carvers in Pictou July 27 and anytime between now and then you can drop in and make a donation to Palliative Care at Carvers Pub. Mark, book Rotterdam for next year!

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Rhona Lindsay
07/14/2009 13:57

Jonathan, keep up the good work!

I just read an Advocate article about your run and tried to make a donation online. The online donation link does not work. I'll try to sort out another way to support this worthy cause.

Your mother would be so proud.

A big shout out to you and Jill from Germany!

Rhona

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Dawn Chapman
07/14/2009 15:14

Hi Jill and John (aka flick de horreur),Mike told us that he saw you at Carnie and you told him about your run (I didn't know about it probably because I don't read the paper). It's a super cause for an excellent facility we are lucky to have in Pictou county. Graham's uncle died last month and we were in the unit when he passed. It is a very special place indeed. This is a great way to honor your mom. She was such a great lady, so fun loving and funny. We will definately be maikng a donation to your run and hope to see you on the trail or at Carver's. Vas-y Jon!!!

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Alison & the Regent Mob
07/15/2009 06:04

Hi Jonathan & Jill
Great to see the video coverage on utube. Can't believe the pace you are running Jonathan knowing that you have so many more days to go. Incredible!
Great camera work Jill. Keep up the good work!

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Jonathan
07/15/2009 07:19

Hi All,

Thanks for the messages. I will look into the online donation situation but in the meantime anyone can send direct donations to the Palliative Care Society at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow or go to Carvers in Pictou where there is a spot to receive money. Thanks for the support. Today's Chronicle Herald has a wonderful article. http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/1132443.html

TALK SOON! J

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Jonathan
07/15/2009 09:50

On line donations are possible again!

Thanks!!

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The Silcocks
07/16/2009 01:27

Hope you're feeling chipper after your well deserved rest day. The Tour continues here with The Open starting today and the 2nd Test! You could be channel hopping all day and going schizo if you were this side of the pond! Keep up the magnificent work - looking forward to a round at Overijse on your return - love to Jill!

Mark

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Jonathan
07/16/2009 08:41

Was a well needed rest day Wednesday. Today was day 4 and under great conditions, 22.7km was covered in 2 hours and 4 minutes. My support team could not be better, icing me at the end of every run and keeping the supplies of fluids at the ready. It's a sports television feast here, thanks Mark! Tomorrow takes us right into New Glasgow. Time for lunch now! If anyone wishes to donate on line, may I recommend the Canada Helps link on page one of the site. It works smoothly. Talk soon and thanks.

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Mary Beth Hardy
07/17/2009 10:36

Hi Jonathan and Jill,

It's so great to see all the support that your run is getting for such a worthy cause! Your schedule sounds gruelling and you're doing a great job. Looking forward to seeing you in Pictou or at Carver's. Hats off to you! You make us all proud.

Mary Beth

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Jonathan
07/17/2009 13:09

Thnaks! Day five was a long 23.5km in cloudy and rainy conditions, reaching New Glasgow about 9:30. We met with Dr. Gerry Farrell today and confirmed that donations towards the Sunrise Run Project will go towards the purchase of oxygen concentrators, costing 1000.00 dollars each. Saturday is day 6 and we will be coming into Pictou about 9:00 a.m. ! Watch out for us!

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Meredith H
07/17/2009 15:45

Jonathan, Mom sent me the link for the Run. Good for you, so sorry about your Mother. I'll be checking in from Calgary to see you finish and I did make a donation to Canadahelps, and hope you'll get much, much, more. Hi to Jill as well.

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Leslie Manuel
07/17/2009 16:53

I just read your article in the Advocate and went online to donate. What a great way to honour your Mum and support the fantastic care palliative care teams provide.

Good luck,

Leslie

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Jonathan
07/18/2009 03:16

Thanks to the NEWS in New Glasgow for this article.

http://www.ngnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=270205&sc=50

Day 6!

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Jonathan
07/18/2009 08:32

Thanks for all of the support as we passed through Pictou on day 6. We are at the halfway point after a 22.2km leg from New Glasgow to Pictou today. Monday we begin at 7:30 in Three Brooks.

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natalie gordon
07/18/2009 11:29

hi jonathon..it blew my mind to see a poster advertising your run. my brother morphed from a smoker into a tri-athelete in the past few years, raising thousands of dollars to assist families/find a cure for our dad's cancer. dad shared your mom's positive outlook, and also received incredible care his few final days in aberdeen palliative care. he died there on april 30th. i admire you, and hope you enjoy your rest day. you were a sweet kid, now it seems you're a good man. sharon would be delighted. i (just) missed you in pictou, but will try to cheer you on somewhere along the way, and see you and jill at carvers. Bon chance, old friend! natalie

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Jonathan
07/18/2009 16:42

Thank you Natalie and I am sorry to hear about your father. He was a kind friend to both mum and dad. I hope you can catch us leaving Three Brooks Monday at 7:30, heading towards Seafoam. Carvers will be a fun night for sure. All the best to you.

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Dirk Jacobs
07/19/2009 02:44

Hi Buddy. How are the legs? I have my passport, Canadian Dollars, international driverslicence, and...a large tupe of Voltaren gell...
Stay in the "race" till I get there you hear!
Hang in there!
Dirk

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Jonathan
07/19/2009 03:22

Hey Dirk, The legs are holding out at the midway point! Looking forward to Week 2 and continuing to spread the word about the fundraiser. Safe trip and see you Tuesday.

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natalie gordon
07/19/2009 10:11

hi jill and jonathon. nice weather for your well-deserved day off! i understand jill is in a support vehicle for entire run, and wondering if she would like my company for the early part of your day tomorrow (mon), or tuesday(my day off). today i am at hector exhibit centre til 5:30pm if you want to give me a call. 485 4563. i will not be offended if you have other plans, or if i don't hear from you! all the best

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natalie gordon
07/19/2009 10:56

me again! i have sat lost in the past since my last post. remembering the magical and carefree pictou island days. i could not wait to see you both to give my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother. she always welcomed me with warmth and kindness. (gerry, too, for that matter..what a gentle soul!) as a child, i found sharon truly exotic. she was unlike any of the other mothers i knew. i see her in your cottage kitchen, barefoot and brown as a berry, with a cocktail in one hand and a cigarette in another. i hoped i would be able to visit her when i returned to n.s. for dad's 70th birthday celebration (oct 2009)but it was not in the stars. my loss. she was a true bohemian, and there are NOT enough of us in this world. a wonderful and giving woman, the world is a lesser place for her passing. i believe your parents know what you are doing, and are very very proud of their children. blessings, natalie

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Jonathan
07/19/2009 15:03

Thanks so much for relaying those fond memories. Jill will be in touch with you about helping out. You are very kind to offer.

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Jonathan
07/20/2009 11:28

Day 7 came and went with very hot conditions over a hilly 23.2km route from Three Brooks to near River John. Don't forget the pub night at Carvers on Monday July 27 at 7:00pm everyone!

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natalie gordon
07/20/2009 12:43

yes, she was a hot one! jonathon had a stellar run, though, making running those hills in the broiling sun look relatively easy! i watched from the van & cheered from the sidelines with jill and cousin jim. thanks for having me along for the ride. here's to day 8!!!

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Patricia & Brendon
07/20/2009 17:45

Hi Jonathan, Jill and All Team Members!

Congrats! We're following along from here! And looking forward to seeing you in Amherst Sunday!

I hope everyone will be generous with their support for this VERY WORTHY cause. We're very Proud of you all.

We hears the Stars have shone much brighter in the skies along the SunRise Trail since July 12th and we know they will they will continue to shine more brightly until July 26th! All The Best.

See you Soon.
Pat & Brendon
PEI

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Mirthe and Marjolijn
07/21/2009 01:25

Dear John, We just wanting to share with you that we are thinking a lot about you! Every day! I hope all goes as you wished surely you have trained for this taskw! All those hours on the Belgium roads must pay off!

please sent our love to all that loved your mum as much as did, no still do!

xxx mirthe and marjolijn

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Jonathan
07/21/2009 08:22

Slowly but surely day 8 is over. 23km along the scenic and busy trail! Tatamagouche to Wallace Wednesday then rest day 3! See any and all of you in Amherst Sunday!

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Mike MacDonald
07/21/2009 14:11

Jonathan,
I missed you on your run from Pictou as I didn't know the exact time. I wish I could have joined you for a leg.

I was thinking about you during the past few hot days while out on my runs as well.
Just wanted to say way to go, and all the best in the days ahead. Your mom would be very proud of you for what you are doing and I know she's looking down with a smile and giving you strength. Many people are inspired by what you are doing, and for such a great cause!
Great job!
Mike

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The Silcocks
07/22/2009 12:07

OK so here is the latest sports report for those in the nether regions! England won the second test, NZ beat the Ozzies, Contador is looking set to take yellow all the way in Le Tour and mardy pants Hushovd, after throwing his toys out his pram looks set for green! Most important of all Team Young with the arrival of Dr Dirk looks set for a triumphant finish of the Sunrise Trail - keep on trucking buddy - can you hear us cheering from Belgoland? PS Brendan shook hands with Princess Mathilde yesterday (National Day here) and immediately turned round and said in a loud voice 'How's she?' - priceless!

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Everett and Beth
07/23/2009 18:38

Fate placed us in your path on your run through Three Brooks! Great to give encouragement to you and Jill in this undertaking. Sharon would so love this adventure. All the best in the last leg of your challenge.

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natalie gordon
07/23/2009 20:32

hope you enjoyed your rest...my thoughts are with you as you head into your final 3 runs. amherst in the sights, and our pride grows and continues....good job!

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Jonathan
07/24/2009 12:50

Hello All!

We are back on line after three days in Tidnish by the sea! Day 9 was a slow go but got the job done. Thursday's rest day was spent icing a very sore right shin but today's day 10 from Wallace to Port Phllips was a success and confidence is restored that a completion of the trail is indeed in sight! Dr. Dirk is on massage duty and his trusty assistant Jill has been cooking more than Jamie Oliver at a Xmas party! We are all at the lovely Wandlyn in Amherst until Sunday. Two days to go! Wish us luck and please give what you can to Palliative Care! See some of you Monday in Carvers.

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Mary and Dan
07/24/2009 13:19

Way to go, Jon. So glad to hear that day 10 went well and that your confidence is restored!! Best of luck on the final two days. We'll see you, Chef Jill and Dr. Dirk at Carvers!

Love,
Mary and Dan

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Lynne
07/24/2009 13:33

So glad to hear that you're doing O.K. - two days to go! Good for you - we're thinking of everyone! Let us know what you're plans are for Sunday = as you know the cottage will be available - Joan Wood has been asking for you and hopes to be here for Pub Night at Carvers! Love to all! Lynne

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Jonathan
07/24/2009 13:42

Thanks All!

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Jonathan
07/25/2009 07:07

Day 11 done! We will be at the "Fort Lawrence" sign Sunday between 9:45-10:00 for the finish of the Sunrise Run! You can find Fort Lawrence just off Laplanche Street in Amherst. We can taste the end now!

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Jonathan
07/25/2009 09:47

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X5HCseb0OI

Check out another you tube video of Sunrise from Week 1!
Thanks to Jimmy and Jeanne!

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Patricia & Brendon
07/25/2009 11:26

Jill, Jonathan, Mary, Walter & Jim:

Watching the U Tube Video certainly puts the Sunrise Run and the amazing effort put forth by all of you into perspective! God Bless You All and Congratulations on a Great Job for a Worthy Cause so close to many hearts!
Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow at Fort Lawrence. High Fives!
I hope the Wandlyn has a Whirlpool or Jet Tub!

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Jonathan
07/25/2009 11:38

Thanks! Just got out of the hot tub!! See you in the morning!

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Patricia
07/25/2009 11:40

SO Glad To Hear That!
Give our Best To Jill and the Team. See you in the AM!

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Dirk
07/25/2009 14:35

Hello to all readers out there. My name is Dirk.
I am a friend and colleage of Jonathan in Waterloo, Belgium.
I was so impresed with his fabulous initiative to run the Sunrise trail to honor his mum,
that I travelled to Canada to support him to bring this mammoth job to a good end.
In this blog I will go through a day en route with Jon, day 9.
On day 9,
We are renting a small cottage in Tidnish from where we drive to the starting point of the run.
We get up at 6 a.m. to get the cool box ready, lots of water, energy drinks and bars,bananas and...sweet,sweet donuts...
Ice bags, a matress, spare clothing, a rain jacket and massage cream are already in the van.
At 6.30 we leave the cottage as we have an hour drive to the spot on the sunrise trail where Jon finished yesterday.
At 7.30 he starts his 23 K run of the day after taking lots of fluids and carbs on the way.
The first 10 K are done fairly easily in 55 minutes while we follow in the van.
We go ahead at some points, run back to meet him and keep him company for a few miles while trying to distract him as much as possible.
At the 12 K point, his right shin is starting to play up which forces him to slow down considerably.To keep him fired up,
we drive next to him while playing rock and roll music as loud as possible...
Now his left hamstring is thitening up as well, but he ignores the pain!
At the 15 K point he eats a banana, and a donut at the 18 K. Jill runs with him until kilometer 22 from where we get to the finish
point of the day to get everything ready: matress on the ground next to the van, ice bags on the elevated legs, more energy drinks, water and food
readily available.He finished in 2h20 minutes and had to dig deep today...
After the treatment on the spot, it's back to the cottage where an Ice bath waits for him (he has to put a belt in between his teeth to support the cold)
From now on, it's all about recovery and preparation for tomorow's run.
Relaxing on the sofa, legs elevated, covered with an electric blanket to keep the legs warm.In this position he eats his breakfast which we carefully prepared...
Eggs and bacon, toast, and lots of milk do the trick.
After this, I give him his daily massage to drain the legs from the cummulated lactic acid.
The painful shin and hamstring are treated with Voltaren gel. After we alternate cold packs and hot epson salts baths.
While he has his afternoon nap, Jill and I do the daily shopping; pasta, fruits and salads for lunch, steak, patatoes, green salads, pasta salads, nuts and sweets for dinner.
After dinner, we relax while watching a dvd and put our athlete to bet at 9.
I'm sure he will be dreaming of the next 60Km that still separate him fom his finish...Fort Lawrence.

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The Silcocks
07/26/2009 01:23

Great job Dr Dirk and Nurse Jill! Jonny you are almost there pal - all the best for the final leg - hope the champers is on ice! Go for it!

PS Wish I could join you at Carvers tonight!

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Sharon Doggett
07/26/2009 08:03

Jonathan,

So this is it....300 km later, you cross the finish line. I can only imagine the many emotions you will be feeling. For the days I was with your support team, I was moved by your strength and conviction to honor your mother. Your spirit throughout it all was nothing short of amazing as you approached each day with a 'can do' attitude. You are an excellent example to us all.

Early to bed...early to rise - not always easy as we realized. Your commitment was a true measure of perseverance. So many memories.....ice cold baths for painful muscles, the Sunrise Run banner, the 'Honk for Jon' sign, the red flag (albeit borrowed), the cases of water, the red horn, the unforgettable van ride, and of course..... all the material that kept us laughing.

Your effort serves as encouragement for anyone working to attain their goal. You are a true role model.

As Jill wrote, "My brother and I are most grateful for the care that our mother received and that is why we want to give back to the people and program that helped our family during the most trying period of our lives." Jonathan and Jill.... Mission Accomplished!

Love you,
Sharon

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Sharon Doggett
07/26/2009 08:06

Jonathan,

So this is it....300 km later, you cross the finish line. I can only imagine the many emotions you will be feeling. For the days I was with your support team, I was moved by your strength and conviction to honor your mother. Your spirit throughout it all was nothing short of amazing as you approached each day with a 'can do' attitude. You are an excellent example to us all.

Early to bed...early to rise - not always easy as we realized. Your commitment was a true measure of perseverance. So many memories.....ice cold baths for painful muscles, the Sunrise Run banner, the 'Honk for Jon' sign, the red flag (albeit borrowed), the cases of water, the red horn, the unforgettable van ride, and of course..... all the material that kept us laughing.

Your effort serves as encouragement for anyone working to attain their goal. You are a true role model.

As Jill wrote, "My brother and I are most grateful for the care that our mother received and that is why we want to give back to the people and program that helped our family during the most trying period of our lives." Jonathan and Jill....... Mission Accomplished!

Love you,
Sharon

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Kelly (Grant) MacInnis
07/26/2009 09:55

HI Jonathon,
Congratulations on your achievement! I saw you last Monday almost at the corner of the Three Brooks Rd on my way to work. I was almost past before I realized it was you and your 'entourage'! I did honk though!
I'm sure your Mom would be really proud of this accomplishment. I'll never forget going to your house in grade 3 for my first piano lessons from Sharon! She was a wonderful woman. Plan to see you at Carver's tomorrow.
Kelly

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Jonathan
07/26/2009 15:39

Well we did it! Thanks to Walter, Mary, Danny, Mary, Jeff, Stephanie, Jack, Sophie, Patricia, Brendon, Dirk and of course Jill for making the completion of the Sunrise Run a most memorable occasion at Fort Lawrence. A true team effort and everyone played their part incredibly well. See you tomorrow night! I have to say, I loved every step of the journey. Thank you.

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natalie gordon
07/26/2009 20:41

whew! what a smile on my face, and relief in my heart that you finished safely. wanted to be in amherst - was thinking of you and jill all morning, but had commitments at home. CONGRATS...i believe sharon isn't smiling, she's laughing...delighted! rest well - you "got 'er done". i know i am repeating myself, but i have to say it again: proud of you!! see you and jill at carvers.

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Jonathan
07/28/2009 15:32

Hi All, Thank you to all who donated to Palliative Care! At last count this afternoon the total raised reached just over 4000 dollars! Please give if you have not already and keep checking this web site for new ideas and initiatives to raise money for and awareness of this fantastic cause.

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Alison and the Regent gang
07/29/2009 07:45

Hi Jonathan, Jill and Dirk, if you are still there. Well done Jonathan, a fantastic achievement. Just got back from my holiday on Sunday and I was eager to read how the last week of the run had gone. We all wish you well for a restful recovery and it's amazing how much you have already raised. Looking forward to seeing you back in the office on Monday Jill and to hearing all about the tales of the support team!
xx

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Robyn
08/01/2009 22:56

Hi my sweet cousin Jonathon, you are so awesome to have accomplished this run and what a goal you reached - $4,000.00, that is unbelievalbe!!!! I know Aunt Sharon cheered you on every step of the way and would be overwhelmed with pride for you, Jill and all the support you had. I am also beaming for you - you should be very proud of yourself - I wish I could have been there in person to cheer you on...thanks for sending me this link, it was great to read all the comments from your friends and of course all you had to say about your journey!!! You are an awesome son - both Uncle Gerry and Aunt Sharon will be sooooo proud of you!!! Love Always, Cousin Robyn

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Jonathan
08/05/2009 05:46

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following businesses for their support: Sobeys, Tim Hortons, Cafe Italia, Mings Restaurant, Subway, A&W, Scotsburn Dairy, Murphy's, Acropole Pizza, Atlantic Superstore, Pro-Sport, Enterprise Rent A Car and Carvers Pub. Your generousity helped the run succeed. Thanks again. On another note, the Pub Night in Carvers on July 27 was a huge success and appreciation goes to Anne and Keith as well as Jim Dorie, Mike McDowell and Murleta Williams for providing the musical entertainment.

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Jonathan
08/10/2009 09:54

Look what this great man is doing!!

http://www.eddieizzard.com/blog/view.php?Id=4#comments

He's fantastic!

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Jonathan
08/30/2009 05:25

I wanted to let you all know that the latest count of donated funds has reached 4800 dollars! Gerry Farell has informed me that two oxygen concentrators will be purchased with these monies. Thank you all for your generous support.

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Mark Deen
09/27/2009 02:48

Jonathan Young,
Just happened to see mention of this in the MT.A Record and made a small contribution. Drop me a line!
Mark Deen

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Jonathan Young
07/25/2013 23:09

Four years ago today a dedicated team of people made the Sunrise Run dream a reality. Again, a huge thanks to the many generous individuals who made this fundraiser possible. Please continue to support Palliative Care.

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