Jeremy Freeman has seen the forecast for Sunday morning’s Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: A good chance of thunderstorms and strong wind, not ideal running conditions.
But Freeman, the senior pastor at Newcastle’s First Baptist Church, isn't praying for better weather.
“It’s just interesting to me because since I’m running for Trey, it’s fitting I would have to run through really difficult things,” Freeman said. “I’m not asking God to change the weather; I’m asking for more endurance, just like Trey had.”
Freeman’s 7-year-old son Trey died Sept. 1, 2013 after a long, difficult battle with leukemia, and about 50 people — his dad included — are running in his honor Sunday, wearing yellow T-shirts that say “Finish like Trey Freeman.”
Jeremy Freeman, who will run the half marathon, still has a hard time talking about Trey, one of his five children.
Trey was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012, and spent more than 280 days in a Dallas hospital fighting the disease. Even through a failed bone narrow transplant and two particularly rough chemotherapy sessions, Trey kept a remarkably positive attitude that impressed his family, doctors and nurses.
“We called him ‘Super Trey’ because he was like a superhero to so many of us,” Jeremy Freeman said.
Jeremy Freeman had 100 of the yellow T-shirts printed up for members of his church, many of whom aren't running, but will be in Oklahoma City on Sunday morning as supporters.
“Trey fought every single day of his life,” Jeremy said. “He was a fighter, and I want to run this race like he ran his race. I want to run with endurance and with faith.”