Almunus "Runs Happy"
Feb 02, 2010 by Natalie Corbin | 0 Comments
On his 56th birthday Bob Skold (’88) will run his 50th marathon this October at the 2010 Athens Marathon. Although a grand personal accomplishment, Skold’s story extends far beyond himself. Skold has Neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body. After receiving news of a brain tumor and a prognosis of four weeks to live, Skold did not give up. In fact, he did the opposite. Although the tumor partially paralyzed the left side of his face and stole his hearing, Skold continued on in his devotion to help others. After a successful surgery, Skold continues to motivate others through his work with the Children’s Tumor Foundation’s NF Endurance Team. He hopes to raise $50,000 for the Foundation’s research efforts. Skold exemplifies a humble, encouraging, determined spirit. His attitude is to “Run Happy.”
In addition to his work with the Children’s Tumor Foundation, Skold is the co-founder of the Denver based nonprofit, Providence Network, offering transformational housing opportunities. Recently, Skold won the Carlsbad Marathon’s “Hero of the Marathon” award.