Bea Petersen Family Support
** Update below
As some of you may be aware. Our dear friend Bea Petersen and her family are going through a terrible family crisis. Pat, her husband was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Sadly, Pat's condition is rapidly deteriorating. Patrick's condition is in the last stages. Hospice has him comfortable but it is only a matter of a very short time. I have been asked to update this for The many friends & loved ones that are far away.
Many people have come forward to ask how they can help. There is a need for financial assistance at this time because unfortunately, sometimes we don't think of our own mortality & Pat did not take out life insurance. It may be an error in judgement, however does not change the fact that there are four amazing children in our community who are going to lose their Dad and need our support.
Donations can be made through the gofundme link or by check. Please make checks made out to Bea Petersen. Inbox or email me for her address if needed @ firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would prefer to help with a meal, gift cards would be preferred over personal food deliveries as there are very limited options that the kids like. There is a request for no food deliveries.
Places they frequent: Stop & Shop (they use Pea Pod), Mulberry St, Martino's, Chinese, Bubba's.
From Bea 5/31/15
Pat Petersen did everything fast...but in the end 55 became his final resting speed. Pancreatic Cancer took this dad of 4 from his kids. It took away his chance to see his youngest daughter graduate from elementary school or score another goal and a million other things. His oldest daughter Maggie will graduate from high school with one parent watching and she won't have a chance to show her dad how she will help others be heard through sign. Eric says to me Jesus will open heaven for my dad. And Jack? Well we will watch the new Jurassic Park together but I may have to close my eyes. Pat's greatest achievement wasn't holding the American record for 10 years or winning countless races...it was his children. Our children are amazing and special in more ways than I can discuss. Please my dear FB village help me help my children. 4 gentle souls need you..
RIP Patrick Petersen
PO Box 464
East Islip, NY 11730
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The Petersen Family sincerely thanks ALL of you for your love and support. Whether you cooked cleaned, donated or in many cases all of the above, your strength has brought peace and light into our hearts.....We are going to be ok smile emoticon
I will ask you to share not only those stories but this link with others that may want to help the children. And if you would like to inbox a message, in the coming weeks I will be printing them and giving them to the family.
HI Neil, May I add my memory of Mr. Pat Petersen. While running at Suffolk County Community College my freshman year I had the honor of running with Mr. P as well. I was a quarter miler out of high school and found myself running 10,000 meters on the track with Mr P. To make a long story short He laps me in the final lap and says excuse me lol . I think I ran mid 32.00 mins and hes not breathing or sweating . A amazing gentelman and athlete. Kevin P Lydon
Someone had recently asked me what my best race memory was through the years. I said actually it was not a race but a workout that turned into a "race". A Thursday night Super Runner's Shop run on the 11+ mile "ROLLER COASTER" route. Everyone was there, studs to your right and studs to your left, and then there was PAT! Someone shot the "starting gun" off that night because everyone bolted from the start! I remember throwing off gloves 1 mile into the run thinking this is serious! One by one runners dropped as Pat pushed to the front and started pounding the hills. Then there were three, Pat, Mark Bossardet and me. Mark needed a "natural break" and he was gone. Pat took off on a steep hill that was nearly 800m long, somehow I rallied over the last 3 miles ( as he was probably backing off). Managed to finish 30 seconds behind him ( I think I threw up blood later but it was worth it ). He was stretching outside the store when I approached and typical Pat he says " Did you take a short cut?!" We laughed! We would hammer the roads and track on Thursdays with the boys and then hammer again at Finnegan's after! One big happy family, the way Gary and Jane wanted it! A training team, not a racing team! Kim still talks of all the runs with Bea where she would have to "tie a rope to Bea" and just hang on the hilly loops on Huntington Bay. Since moving to Virginia we have trained and raced with many but have never had the family we had with our LI crew and the Super Runner's Shop team! We are coming up Wednesday to Celebrate a Life, and to Celebrate how that life made our lives better and brighter! See you soon! Neil, Kim, Ryan & Conor McLaughlin