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Recently former elite distance runner, Fasil Bizuneh summed up his impression of Rivers. They have never met, but he captured the man in a way that's worth sharing with you here...
I've never met Dr. Tommy Rivers Puzey, DPT , but I trained in Flagstaff for 7 years just before his time there. We share many mutual friends and I'm sure we have run many of the same trails.
He seems to have squeezed the most out of this life while carrying himself with grace and humility. He's a Doctor of physical therapy, speaks 5 languages, has lived all over the world, is a world class ultra and trail runner and fitness model, is an online coach, and is a husband & father to three young daughters.
Although being the epitome of health and fitness at only 35 years young, he was just recently diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of lung cancer and is currently fighting for his life.
The more I read and learn about Tommy, the more impressed I am by the impact that he has had on those that have had the good fortune to come in contact with him. As a father of two young children myself, I can't imagine what his family must be going through. The world truly needs and thrives upon the the positive energy of people like Tommy.
The lasting effect he has been able to have on the people around him is more than evident from the outpouring of support from all over the world in response his current predicament. It reminds me of the marigold effect. A marigold is a flower which gives and gives if itself so that all the plants which may enter their close proximity may grow strong. If you plant a marigold beside most any garden vegetable, that vegetable will grow big and strong and healthy, protected and encouraged by it's marigold.
I can clearly see that Tommy is a marigold in the lives of many far and wide - encouraging, supporting and nurturing growth in others on their own paths through life. It is an inspiring way to live and we are all hoping that miraculous healing may come for Tommy so that his story may continue.
May we all harness the power of focused intention and will Tommy back to good health, back to the sacred mountain trails, back to the life he so evidently loves and lives to the the fullest, and back to his family.
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