While writing Disney posts I realized how much I was referring to the GoodGuys and have never talked about who they are, why they run, or how I came to be a part of the team. The bulk of this is taken from the GoodGuys website.
Jonnie’s Goodguys is non-profit pending group whose goal is to raise awareness of aortic health and heart issues through social media, running and charity work.
Basically, our mission: do good stuff.
On Nov. 13, 2005, we lost a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. Jonathan Miller collapsed at work from an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm and was gone. Even though Jon wasn’t really an avid runner, he had signed up to participate in the Indianapolis Mini Marathon with his wife that following spring. The race holds a special meaning for them since he had proposed to her at the finish line in 2002. Shortly after Jon’s passing, friends and family decided to run and walk in the Mini so Jon’s widow wouldn’t have to do it alone.
And we ran. We walked. We began socializing, remembering the great times had with Jon. It helped us heal.
So, we keep running and keep moving to try to make a difference. Inspired by Jon’s favorite college T-shirt, we became (Jonnie’s) Goodguys. Jon’s doctors and family are reasonably certain that his fatal aortic dissection was the result of Marfan’s Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder. If Jon had known he had it, there would have been steps he would have taken to ensure that he’d be here today with his wife and little girl. Jonnie’s Goodguys wants to spread the word and raise awareness of this syndrome.
There are a lot of health issues we’ll support — it’s not just about Marfan’s.
We want others to join us in the fight to unite for your own good causes and support us in our efforts.
Star Alumni Corps 2010
In the summer of 2010 I was given the opportunity to participate in the Star of Indiana Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps. This was an incredible opportunity for several reasons. I spent 5 years marching drum corps in Ohio & Wisconsin and during that time it was still apparent the impact that the Star of Indiana and Blast! had on the activity as a whole. When I had the chance to be a part of the corps and stand in the hornline with those members I tried to soak in every minute of it I could. This was the first time I met the founders of Jonnie’s GoodGuys and heard talk of the organization.
Fast forward 14 months. Life was changing and I had started running and training for my first 5k (and subsequently my first marathon) and posting my runs on Facebook. As these posts became more frequent I began to get likes and comments from a handful of people that I had barely met over a year before. This handful of GoodGuys were giving me the encouragement to push forward and keep working. I started to learn about the organization and their goals. While already working to fundraise for St. Jude in 2012 I was recruited to the GoodGuys mission of fundraising for the National Marfan Foundation and running the Marine Corps Marathon.
I have run my last 3 marathons with Jonnie’s GoodGuys. This group has turned into my go to support group for all things running and beyond. 2013 is bringing with it more races, more Disney, and more good stuff!