For the last 25+ years, Greg Morris and I have worked together. While technically he is my boss, I consider him one of my closest personal friends. He has always been there for me during some of the hardest times of my life – my father’s death, my spinal meningitis, my divorce, my mother’s death and my brother’s. He gave me guidance and great advice with Matthew and celebrated with me my marriage to Russ.
Three weeks ago, Greg had a brain aneurysm after landing in Madrid, Spain. I was in Mexico for the start of our fall break vacation when I received the news from my assistant, his daughter-in-law, Katie Morris. After hearing how severe it was, and with the support of my husband, I caught a flight home so I could be in the office to handle things. While Greg is stable, he is in very critical condition. Right now, it is just day to day with lots of prayers being sent to Greg.
My priority has been focusing on all our employees, work and taking care of things. I have been unable to train though I tried a number of times to get in some critical workouts, but each time something more pressing was occurring. I spoke to the Ironman Foundation and they have graciously offered to move me to another race rather than trying to finish Ironman Arizona. I also will be able to get to Kona for the World Championship if I hit my fundraising goal by year-end!
So, though I am postponing my next race, I am finishing what I started and am more convinced now than ever to hit my goal! I am making a difference for so many organizations that do not get much support – like Make a Wish and Meals on Wheels!
Greg was very supportive of my fundraising, training and racing – though he thought I was crazy. I plan on dedicating my 2017 racing to Greg! Hopefully, Michele and him will be able to fly out to Kona next October!