Helene Neville Perimeter Runner, Flag for Hope Star
Helene Neville has a motto; “Rethink Impossible” and over the span of 5 decades those two words are synonymous with this cancer survivor. When the Flag for Hope team began thinking about potential Stars, Helene’s name kept coming up.
Imagine for a moment that someone suggests that you run across the country, and you say, “how about if we run the perimeter of the United States?”
That’s exactly what Helene Neville did. At first, the runs were long and lonely, spending nights in her vehicle, on a stranger’s couch or in some hotel. But then something amazing happened. People started to run with Helene to support her mission of “Rethink Impossible”.
Helene Neville Became a Flag for Hope Star in Las Vegas, NV
The Flag for Hope team caught up with Helene at an event in Nevada where she was awarded one of our 50 Stars. It was an honor to have her closest friends and health advocates at the event and we’ve included several of the pictures in this blog. Helene has literally run across the country promoting her “One on the Run” organization. Please take a moment to learn more about Helene and her philanthropic efforts.
An Inspirational Speaker, Author, Perimeter Runner, & Health Advocate Helene finished a 3,860 mile run around the perimeter of the United States on September 15th 2015. Competitive running has helped her overcome multiple bouts with cancer since she was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After several rounds of chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and three brain surgeries, she finished her first marathon in Chicago 1998. With only six training runs she crossed the line in 4:28.
Read this Runners World article on Helene’s perimeter run.
Here’s a link to a map from Helene’s unbelievable 2015 Run the Perimeter World Record run! When asked what she wanted to accomplish by this run Helene said, “I set out to deliver happiness and hope on foot,” she said. “[I’ve learned that] we’re different but nobody’s better. I think that the human spirit is totally alive and well, you just have to be on the lookout. I’m trying to expose what’s right about the country.
The inspiration has come full circle.” Helene’s One on the Run has a motto; “Rethink Impossible” and we think she has accomplished everything she has set out to do! Thank you Helene for participating in the Flag for Hope project!
What is Flag for Hope?
The Flag for Hope Project was started to help promote Unity and Peace among all Americans.
The Flag symbolically represents thousands of Americans holding hands without conflict or hatred. We are all one country and one people. The Flag for Hope is NOT political. It is about patriotism and coming together as a country. NOW IS THE TIME!!!
The Flag for Hope Project is also about honor and respect for the men and women that have proudly worn a United States military uniform and fought for our freedoms. Flag for Hope is a reminder that Freedom Isn’t Free. Many have sacrificed for the privileges that we all have today. This Flag signifies appreciation and gratitude for those individuals who serve in our communities like teachers, police, fire, doctors and nurses. It calls us to remember all Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice at the hands of both foreign and domestic enemy attacks. If an American is harmed ANYWHERE, we all suffer and mourn.
The Flag for Hope team is led by U.S. Army veteran Marcos Antonio. This epic mission was started at the Indianapolis 500 on May 23, 2015. Our goal is to collect approximately 3,000 – 4,000 American hand and finger impressions on a giant canvas to create the United States of America National Flag. We will accomplish this by going to over a 150 cities and roughly 300 – 400 locations. Each participant will place their impression on the flag in either red, white, or blue paint. There will be 50 American Olympians that put their impression on the flag representing the 50 states and showing the solidarity of the entire nation.
Lastly, the 50 stars on the flag will be iconic Americans that have greatly contributed to the strength and well being of our country. These individuals have inspired, empowered, and encouraged their fellow citizens through their actions as pioneers, role models, and leaders in our society. They come from all backgrounds and embody the essence of the American spirit.
This historic project has never been attempted before and we will finish when every last American can fill the limited space on our 9×5 canvas panel. Finally, the Flag for Hope will be donated to a national museum like the Smithsonian for all Americans to view for generations to come.
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