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Wednesday, January 9, 2013 October 23, 2013 MyConnection Published every Wednesday and delivered free by The Newnan Times-Herald Check Out the Classifieds on Page 7 find it  f irst A ma n r unning a 1 2,000 -mile route from Canada to the bottom tip of South America made a pit stop in Newnan. Oh, and he’s running the entire distance barefoot. Joseph Micheal Liu began his trek from Montreal, Canada. His goal is the capital city of Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia, considered to be the southernmost city of the world. Liu is running to raise awareness and funding for charity, and he is running the entire distance without shoes. “After so many miles, it hurts,” Liu said. “You have to transition your running from using shoes, and it took me a full two years of training. I also ran cross country for six years.” Liu’s charity, Edible Schoolyard, is a nonprofit organization that hopes to introduce and supply children from low-income families with organic fresh fruits and vegetables. The organization seeks to blend organic and edible gardening with children’s elementary school education to teach them about healthier eating habits. Edible Schoolyard has two branches in New York City and New Orleans. Liu is running the entire distance solo with the help of donations and sponsors. Each day, he tries to run between 15 and 25 miles, with his maximum so far being 33 miles. He explained how he has chosen his route to work with the seasons and is trying to stay ahead of winter. So far, Liu has run down the East Coast, following the Appalachian Trail, from Montreal. From Georgia, he plans to run through New Orleans to Houston and over the border into Mexico. He will be running along the Gulf of Mexico to Guatemala, and then along the Pacific Ocean to Panama. Because of the geography of Panama and the Darien Gap, he will take a boat to northern Colombia, then will continue south along the Qhapaq Nan Trail through Ecuador, Peru and Chile. Finally, he will cut through Argentina and follow the Atlantic Ocean to Tierra del Fuego. Liu began his trip with a backpack to carry his gear — which was pretty heavy and included a tent, sleeping bag, water reservoir, clothes, a satellite communicator, solar panels, and a cell phone, his only connection to the world. “I knew if I continued, I wasn’t going to make it,” Liu said. Fortunately, one of his 28 sponsors, Chariot, specializes in making baby carriages for runners. Liu plans to continue running with the carriage taking the weight of his gear. His other sponsors, which include Concordia University — where he graduated with an Industrial Engineering degree, multiple outdoor fitness and gear companies and superfood store Chosen Foods, have helped Liu on his journey. So far, Liu said his trip has mostly gone without a hitch. 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HisNewnan, G 770-252-4500 678-379-1414 678-228-2405 entire expedition is expected to take770-251-55 more than two years. You can follow Liu’s journey on his website, www.runningtotheenCall today to be included in this directory! There you may donate to Liu directly for his expedition and to Edible Schoolyard NYC Joseph Michael Liu was fortunate to get a free stay at the Newnan Hampton Inn during or Edible Schoolyard New Orleans. his 12,000-mile barefoot run across the Americas. You may also contact Liu at jmkliur@ . Liu is also hoping to pick up way to Charleston,” Liu said. “The two cars were coming at the same a production company to document All ads are online at: only road into Charleston was Hwy. time; they barely missed him and one and promote his journey. 17. It was very busy, and there was no car almost flipped. “My trip is so spontaneous and so shoulder.” Liu’s brother is helping him out random, it would be great to get it all At one point on Hwy. 17, he said with contacts. Liu said he camps on camera,” Liu said. COLLEGE 770-253-1576 OCTOBER: BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH Sisters fight breast cancer together as ‘cancer cadets’ Editor’s note: Two sisters share their journey battling breast cancer, part of The Newnan Times-Herald’s special focus in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer Awareness Month has taken on new meaning for sisters Tammye Hicks and Lisa Maynard. The sisters consider themselves “cancer cadets,” fighting breast cancer together with their mantra: “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Maynard, an advocate for the elderly and the homeless in Griffin, and Hicks, a well-known educator here in Coweta County at Smokey Road Middle School, were diagnosed with breast cancer only two months apart. Their situation is so unique, it stuns doctors and health-care teams. The sisters have no history of breast cancer in their family, do not carry the Sisters Lisa Maynard and Tammye Hicks are fighting breast cancer together. BRCA gene, and were diagnosed with two different types of breast cancer. The sisters add they are a perfect pair, as the canaccepted the “Where there is God, there is love, cadets cer occurred in opposite breasts. assignment they feel Both women agree they were chosen where there is love, there is hope.” is their calling. for this journey to inspire, encourage, and Each woman was motivate not only those facing cancer, but prescribed surgery, aggressive chemotheranyone facing any type of difficulties in and people who needed apy, and radiation treatments. Maynard life. hope, so why us?” they recently crossed the finish line of treatThe sisters have strong faith in God and asked. ment and is cheering her sister on as she says they shared conversations with Him T he a n swer c a me races for the finish line. after the devastating diagnosis. immediately — there are The compassion of others, including many people, those facing cancer strangers, is evident. The sisters find that “We both occupied ourselves with bettering humanity through praying and and those feeling hopeless, who need to the capacity to love supersedes boundaries fighting for others, especially children hear the message of hope. The cancer i n s i de Tower of Horror Treats Make-Y our- Ow n Scary T reats! ➤ PAGE 3 Deliciously scary Treats for goblins and ghouls of all ages This Halloween, throw a wickedly wonderful fete for family and friends. With help from the Wilton entertaining experts, you’ll have all the tricks to treat your guests to a spooky celebration that will leave them howling with delight. Halloween’s not just for the kids anymore, so before you put on your costume, grab your baking and decorating supplies and get ready to let the creepy crawlers loose. “Halloween is the one time of the year that you can take your decorating skills to the dark side,” said Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. “From finishing pumpkin cookies with ghastly grins to creating creepy cakes decorated cadets, page 3 treats, page 3 Cancer Knows Many Faces . . . and Radiation Oncology Services knows patients shouldn’t have to travel far for excellent cancer care. In fact, we know all about combining compassionate care with state-of-the-art technology in a warm, friendly environment. . . close to home. 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