When John Godinet called Jennifer Williams to let her know that his ventilator would be removed soon, she tried her best to hold her emotions together.

Godinet, an ultrarunner who has run 50- and 100-mile races, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2016. ALS is a progressive neuromuscular disease that stops communication between nerves and muscles, said Effie Nomicos, a former National Institutes of Health nurse and a longtime friend of Godinet.

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To describe John as a local ultramarathon runner doesn't seem adequate. Just 5 years before the signs of ALS began becoming evident, He completed four 100-mile races in the same year! He was a fitness instructor, endurance athlete, and an inspirational leader in our community who was loved by people of all types and is sorely missed by all of us who came to know him!


Thank you for this, Mark. Always good to know more about good people who have left us with wonderful memories and deeds.

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