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A special thank you, for helping me to ‘get moving’

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Libbey Barnewitz

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."

— Anonymous

I would like to say thank you to all of you for starting "Get Moving Community Training Program," this wonderful community program, as it has been a life changing experience for me.

I know that I could not have done what I have without each and every one of you. Between being Mark's "Poster Girl" and Clyde's hero, at times the reputation has been difficult at best to live up to on a daily basis. However, I embrace this challenge and look forward to many more challenges throughout the coming year.

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There have been a million times when I thought I can't do this because I was in so much pain, I wanted to quit. However, as "Poster Girl," quitting was not an option and still isn't.

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I would like to say thank you to Peggy for all the times that you walked with me and kept me company and helped build my endurance and for giving me the strength to become a part of the relay team for the triathlon. Leatrice, I thank you for the many times that you connected with me with a kind word, a thumbs up, or by reaching out touching my shoulder, stroking my arm and holding my hand. Though it was just for a second, as you walked past me, turned back and gave me a smile, it lifted my spirits and helped keep me going.

Mark, thank you for making me believe that chivalry is still alive and well, for having No. 1 bragging rights and making me the "Poster Girl" that I am. Also, thanks for making my life a more beautiful and magical place, and for keeping the dream alive that someday I may actually be an ultra-distance runner, though I still only have the dream of being able to do a 5K walk, possibly later this year.

And last, but by no means least, thanks to Clyde for giving me the opportunity to share my successes with you and for giving me hero status and making me the running team's mascot.

I have struggled throughout the year physically, mentally, and emotionally, and I have crashed and burned a couple of times. I truly thank Mark and Leatrice for being the ones who picked up the pieces and put me back together.

I thank each and every one of you for making me smile and laugh on a daily basis, for your inspiration and encouragement and for never pushing me harder than I was capable of doing. I love you all; with all of my heart. You are my superheroes.

Libbey Barnewitz, aka "Poster Girl," lives in Grass Valley.

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