Saturday, April 24, 2004

A look back at Rudy Chapa

I was reading about the famous Penn Relays, when for some reason Rudy Chapa's name popped into my head. Decided to do a Google and see what had happened to Rudy. Here's an interesting article, catching up with Rudy Chapa, an Indiana running phenom. I remember him when I was coaching cross country at a nearby H.S. in Indiana, back in the 70's. This kid and some of his teammates at Hammond High could really blast - was always a thrill to see them run. Rudy still holds the 10,000 meter H.S. record, set in 1976. Plus, it sounds like his kid is turning out out to be a heck of a runner, as well. And his mom was a sprinter and high jumper at Indiana, so that definitely makes them great in my book. :)

Researchers show cystic fibrosis defect in mice corrected with turmeric extract A possible new cure for CF? Wouldn't that be something? From just a common spice. I had a good friend many years ago, who had to watch his daughter die of this at the age of 14. He and his wife helped her clear her lungs every night for every day of her life - she was a very nice kid, with a great spirit. Damn shame, that something like this hadn't come along then. Still too early to know about this spice (hasn't been tested on humans), but sure would be nice if it worked for the majority of people suffering this disease.

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