I wrote about the bravery and good will that ended up putting Jason ‘Zeke” Petrie in the national spotlight last year. Petrie and Steven Parker Shaw, had long been in Haiti volunteering as relief workers, and were arrested following a pro-army demonstration. They were arrested by Haitian special forces and accused of aiding the hostility that quickly erupted during the demonstration. Both men, in reality, were only doing their jobs that helped put money in their pockets=driving for, and interpreting the Creole language for foreign journalists. Despite their well-known and long-term humanitarian efforts, Petrie and Shaw were thrown into a penitentiary with some of Haiti’s most demented Dregs of Humanity. Petrie, a diabetic, nearly died in this hell hole, as the result of nothing more than being someone that cares enough to give a damn about someone other than himself-Someone that doesn’t just talk the talk, but is ready to back it up with the longest of walks. This coming Saturday, he will run one of the biggest races of his life.
Tomorrow, Petrie will once again show his commitment, compassion and dedication to our collective humanity. He will do this by pushing his friend Andre Travis over the course of 26.2 miles in The Akron Roadrunner Marathon. Travis, who is beyond being a hero in his own right, serves as the inspiration for this story, Zeke, and ANY of us. His physical being may be confined to a wheelchair, but just look at the spirit that exudes from his wonderful smile. It’s the spirit that only comes from what I consider a true champion= No excuses, No limitations, No regrets. He just wants to fly. Read this exceptional local story, and when you wake up tomorrow -Remember to be all that you can be! While you are at it, say a small prayer for these two heroes that dream of spaces and places the rest of us may never see.
Best of Luck to Andre Travis & Zeke Petrie-Today, Tomorrow and Forever!!!!~Daryl
- Barberton man aims to push friend in wheelchair for entire Akron Marathon (ohio.com)
- Building A Legacy, Mile By Mile (summitddblog.com)
- CNN’s Soledad O’Brien: “It’s really hard to shock me as a mom.” | Babble (babble.com)
- Runner to push disabled friend for 26.2 (newsnet5.com)