Two Athletes – Two Marathons
Both to Honor “The Major” Steve Ochs
Melanoma seems to rob us of the best of the best.
This year, Eric Baker is running the Marine Corps Marathon and Justin Glancy is running the Chicago Marathon. Both are running in memory of Major Steve Ochs, who impacted each of their lives greatly.
“This past November I lost a dear friend, Steve Ochs, to melanoma after he fought a courageous battle. Steve was just 51. He retired as a Major in the United States Marine Corps after 23 years of service to his beloved country. It is hard to find the right words to describe Steve, but selfless, loyal, and dispenser of good advice are a good start. My desire is two-fold. The first is to honor Steve’s life. The second is to raise money for melanoma research and awareness through Jack’s Team. Steve was truly one in a million. It’s hard to put into words what a good man he was.”
Justin shared this message about Steve:
“To say that Steve Ochs had an impact on my life is an understatement. He was a true gentleman, a true friend and a great role model for all those he came in contact with. My second “dad” was also a marathon runner. I ran my first marathon last year (2010) after he encouraged and helped me train. It would be an honor to represent him and Mr. Marston by running in my second Chicago Marathon.”
Steve Ochs’ devotion to family, competitive spirit, never give up attitude and ability to inspire the best in others are qualities that are strikingly similar to Jack Marston. We at Jack’s Fund believe that, had they known each other, Jack Marston and Steve Ochs would have been good friends.
We are honored to have Eric and Justin on Jack’s Team.