Well, we've finally heard some good news from Skaggs! He'll have to knock on wood, throw salt over his shoulder, avoid walking under ladders and steer clear of black cats for a while, but it looks like he has a turn for the best!
After his last hospital visit on Friday, Erik has seen a reduction in body weight (water weight) and his vital blood enzyme levels have finally started reversing to a more normal level (though still unbelievably high, they are no longer growing but shrinking). All very good news. He will continue with the regular hospital visits to ensure he doesn't suffer any further set backs.
Meanwhile, Rogue Valley Runners and the Southern Oregon Runners have rallied and are putting together a run to assist Erik with his hospital bills. The "Birds of a Feather Run" will be held on Saturday October 24th near Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon. There'll be shirts donated by New Balance and Adidas with the race logo (designed by Carly Varner). Screening will be donated by Spearco. There is also an ever growing list of prizes that will be raffled at the race as well as at Rogue Valley Runners in the upcoming weeks. Dagoba, Sporthill, Moeben, ClifBar, and local masseuse Tim Olson have come to the table already, more are sure to come.
The race will start and finish near Lithia Park. There will be a five mile and two mile version. Entry fee is on a donation basis. Give what you can. But most importantly your presence is necessary! Entry applications can be found below, on the Southern Oregon Runners web site, or at Rogue Valley Runners. Below is a map of the courses as well.
Stay tuned! In a few days well have some reports that'll wrap up the Transrockies, Cascade Crest 100 Miler and Grand Tetons 100 Miler.
Thanks for all your support and well wishes!