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Join us on Saturday, October 4 at Evansburg State Park for the 4Jim5K Jim Bemis Memorial Run and Half Mile Kids Race. The 5K begins at 9AM, registration starts at 8AM. 1/2 mile kids race will take place at the end of the race!
For those who knew him it is no surprise that, Jim Bemis was first and foremost a devoted family man; son, brother, husband and father. There are so many words that could be used to describe Jim: Funny, Loyal, Determined, Courageous, Encouraging, Forthright, Caring, Inspiring and Loving. He brought these traits to bear in all that he did, whether it was work, running (one of his favorite pastimes), encouraging others, hanging with friends and family.
A mere 4 and half years ago, yet it seems like a lifetime, Jim was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Jim had a rare form of testicular cancer in his chest cavity – a non-seminomatous germ cell tumor. Only about 250 young men a year are diagnosed with this type in the US.
He brought all of his determination and courageousness to the battle; maintaining dignity, a sense of humor, offering encouraging words to others when he was fighting so much himself. Unfortunately he lost his battle in November of 2011 at the age of 39, leaving behind so many friends, family and wife Jessica, and two small sons, Michael and Matthew, all too early.