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Iron Will Award Candidate:

Elvi Shanks

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Elvi Shanks's Submission as nominated by 12 year old daughter Hayley:

I would like to nominate my mom Elvi Shanks for the Gorilla Jack Iron Will award. In 2006, my mom had a disc rupture in her back, that resulted in an emergency surgery. We all had the fear that she would never walk again. A few months later she had a second surgery to repair the disc they put in after the first surgery. The second surgery resulted in her foot being dropped. She is standing here today with her foot partially dropped.

In 2008, she had to have another emergency surgery done. She had her back fused again and this time they put a metal rod in it. She went through two years of physio therapy, not being able to stand. She also had two kids that were two and five when this started. She couldn’t even sit down to play with us.

Last summer she decided to train for her first half marathon in Treherne. She trained for three months straight. She ended up in 8th place with 1 hour 52 minutes.

My mom started training at Defined Lines back in February. She has shown great dedication to this. She has lots of “Iron Will”. My mom has tried not to let this competition consume her whole life. She is a great wife and mother. She has shown me not to give up and to find something I LOVE and stick to it. I know people are looking over you and cheering you on today. GO MOM!!!!!!

Hayley Shanks 12 years old

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