Marathon Runner Caitlin Krebs

Caitlin Krebs’ love and admiration for her aunt and uncle is apparent in everything she says about them. She describes her uncle David Hirt as a brilliant man whose quiet strength inspired others. She describes her aunt Bev Hirt as gregarious and wonderfully opinionated. Caitlin says, “They were married for 38 years. They balanced each… Read more »

Researcher & Coach Jane Cullis

Meet Jane Cullis, Project Purple’s running coach, who  just happens to also be a Pancreatic Cancer researcher. Jane’s professional experience with Pancreatic Cancer, and her background as an elite runner/coach, made her the perfect person to partner with Project Purple. Jane serves on Project Purple’s scientific advisory board, which decides which research projects will receive… Read more »

Beth Swank Runs & Gets Her Life Back

Beth Swank had never been athletic. In fact, she describes herself as having been a “chubby” child. Her least favorite class was Physical Education, where she hated doing the mile run. She never imagined herself as a runner. After two pregnancies and two surgeries over the course of four years, however, running is what ultimately… Read more »

Marathon Runner Andy Polio

John Polio is a gastroenterologist who specializes in liver disease. When asked to describe his father, John’s son Andy Polio says, “He is the best person I know. To say he is a role model is putting it lightly. He is so caring and dedicated. He has a crazy sense of humor that has permeated… Read more »

Sarah Vyhnalek Transforms Her Life

It may be difficult to understand why someone might want to train for a half or even a full marathon. Choosing to run for 13 or more miles may seem impossible or even slightly crazy. There are all kinds of reasons why people think that they cannot run long distances. They believe they do not… Read more »