Mushing for Bethany

YMCA of the Rockies

A little over a year ago, my daughter Bethany passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Bethany was 39 years old and left behind her loving husband, Jeff and three amazing children, Connor, Noah and Olivia. She loved being a mom and was amazing at it. During her illness, Bethany started a blog called "Bethany's Bright Sides" that touched and inspired many as she told her story and celebrated her family and her life. One time when she was pretty sick she said to me, "Dad, I wish I had more time so that I could impact as many people as you have." I said, "Bethany you have already impacted way more people than I ever will."
She made her last video the night before she died. Although it is hard to watch as she was really struggling, it had over 70,000 views. I have never seen a person with more courage and grace. My heart hurts every day that she is gone.

I believe Bethany's impact can continue for years to come. That is why I have chosen to run the Gunflint Mail Run this year and raise money to create the Bethany Adams Memorial Fund, a permanent endowment in her honor that will send an underprivileged kid to camp each year. She so loved her kids and I know she would be thrilled to see her life and story send kids to camp that otherwise would not have that opportunity.

Please watch for more blogs as I prepare to run this race. I will talk about the training, the dogs and the nutrition. I'll answer questions such as: What do you need? How do you pack? Where do you sleep? I'll also share stories of the impact camp has on kids, and much, much more. I'm looking forward to sharing this adventure with you as I honor and remember Bethany.

Steve Peterson
Chaplain, Snow Mountain Ranch

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