31 Dec '15, 12am

Top Stories of 2015: Woman with terminal illness runs her last marathon

Top Stories of 2015: Woman with terminal illness runs her last marathon

“We are sharing our strength and our thoughts with people who need it,” Stemple said. The medals can go to anyone a runner or triathlete wants to recognize; the ribbon just needs a handwritten inspirational note and an attached personalized card. These medals—and the people who receive them—are the real story, Stemple said. But, none of those children in hospitals or doctors or veterans or police officers would have received a medal had Stemple not started the organization in 2012. And she would have never started the organization if she hadn’t learned she was going to die. So, despite her wishes, this story has to be about Kim Stemple . * * * Six years ago, while living in Boston, Stemple said she “looked like a principal,” with dark straight hair and an affinity for pearl necklaces. She was a special education teacher and cross-country coach. She was a competitive runner...

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