April 11, 2013 | Vol. 116 -- No. 51

Running for Mike

McKeehans and friends carry on dad’s Bloomsday tradition, raise money to fight lung diseases

For Mike McKeehan, running was a passion.

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John McCallum
Judy McKeehan (left) along with daughter Katie McKeehan Hart (right) and granddaughters Mary Kay (front) and Luce (middle) wear the shirts picturing Judy’s husband, Mike McKeehan, they hope will help raise money to fight pulmonary fibrosis. To the right of Katie is the display case with all 36 of Mike’s Bloomsday shirts, along with the medal he received for running every race on top.

So much so that the former Cheney City Councilman and long time resident who passed away last July was known as a “perennial” – someone who had run in every single Bloomsday race since the event began in 1976. Thirty-six in all – and his family hope others will join with them to make it 37 for a special cause.

McKeehan passed away July 19 due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis, a disease scarring the lung tissue and damaging the air sacs, alveoli, so that it’s difficult for the lungs to transfer oxygen to the bloodstream, starving th...

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