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Runner's World - The Life of Amy Frohnmayer Winn

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Runners World Extended Article: Running for her Life: Amy Frohnmayer Winn

Runner's World - Fighting for her Life:  Amy Frohnmayer Winn

Runner’s World Magazine has arrvived in my mailbox for years and shamelessly I devour their words - hanging on to one of the last bastions of printed media.

What I admire about Runner’s World is how they are navigating the print/online equation and I think it’s only made the content in the magazine even better.

For many of us running is about more than just training programs and PRs. Runner’s World has embraced this, with each issue featuring a long form written piece contemplating the bigger question of what it is to be a runner.

The Story of Runner Amy Frohnmayer Winn

This month was no exception. Runner’s World chose to feature a beautifully written piece by John Brant about runner Amy Frohnmayer Winn.

Amy was one of five children, three of whom suffered from a genetic condition called fanconi anemia (FA) a recessive gene disorder that causes fatal bone marrow failure and rising to uncurable leukemia. Amy ran. She didn’t run for PRs or glory, she ran because of what it gave her in the moment.

Amy and her family witnessed losing two of her siblings to FA and Amy was under no illusions of what her life’s path would be. She embraced that with a fortitude that many of us can only admire.

We are huge advocates at Poppy Sports that life ‘takes a village’; we all need a support crew, our own personal aid stations as we navigate whatever life and sport throws at us. Amy’s family were nothing short of amazing for her, her siblings and for the community of people with fanconi anemia.

Her mother became one of the leading national advocates for research through the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund they founded in 1989 and through the National Bone Marrow Registry cofounded by her father . Through the research the fund has allowed, FA sufferers have more options to call upon.

If you read anything today, put aside 30 minutes and head over to Runner’s World and read the story of runner Amy Frohnmayer Winn

You’ll appreaciate every day you get to lace up your running shoes. 

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