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My wife and I were volunteers during IM Florida; we paddled as a safety boat during the swim. We were paddling with Tony, a physically challenged athlete, about 100 yards from the finish and 50 yards away from Dorothy when she went under.
Dorothy had been speaking with lots of us volunteers during the swim. Stopping from time to time, holding onto a kayak to catch her breath, she would chat with us in our boats and continue on with her swim. Dorothy had a volunteer paddling along her side the last half of the second loop. This female volunteer gave Dorothy a place to rest and TONS of support. Many of the volunteer paddlers, Annie and myself included, circled Dorothy giving her encouragement, chatting and cheering her along. Although she was notably tired (who isn't after 2 miles of swimming) Dorothy pushed on after each rest; she seemed optimistic and intent on making the cut off to fulfill her IronMan goal.
Thank you for the update. Please, keep the updates coming and all of us in Atlanta will have Dorothy in our thoughts and prayers.
Gary A Harris
God Bless the family!!!
I spoke to Mike this morning. There is no change in Dorothy's condition. The results of the brain activity test were not what they had hoped. They will run the test again tomorrow. I will send you more information when I speak to Mike again. Dorothy, Mike and their family continue to need your prayers.
My name is Shawna Gibson. I am from Fort Worth and belong to several area clubs, Team Ridglea, Tricowtown, Cancer Commandos, etc...
I have to say as I am reading these updates I can hardly see the screen thought the tears.
Like all of you we have this posted on our forum and sending Dorothy, her family, friends, everyone our thoughts and prayers.
I was about 4 or 5 feet away and was horrified at what I saw. I will say the team that was working with her was amazing!
Anyway, if there is anything that any of us can do please let me know.
Many thoughts and prayers are sent her way...
It is my sad responsibility to be the messenger of unhappy news I never, ever thought I would send.
Dorothy Barnett-Griffin, wife, mother of three, sister, daughter, philanthropist, athlete, friend to hundreds and more of an Ironwoman then all the Ironmen I have ever known, passed from this frail existence today November 8, 2007.
Dorothy will be missed. She was a punctilious pink presence everywhere she went. She opened her heart and her home and her purse to so many. She was a woman of opinions clearly stated and a wit and wisdom equally measured out in ample doses to lift or lead others as needed. She was a magnificent woman.
She was intolerant of fools and incompetence but had a heart so big that she became the epitome to many of faith and hope and charity – but like Paul writing to the Corinthians, charity was her greatest quest. As a result of losing her first husband to a sudden tragic death, she became familiar with and then a huge supporter of the Journey of Hope Grief Support Center in Plano. In fact she was racing in the Ironman to race funds for this organization. (For more information see http://www.johgriefsupport.org/founders.htm)
We honor best not with flowers and cards and well-used expressions of sympathy but by imitating and emulating the worthy life of another. You could do far worse than to follow the admonishment to go and try to be like Dorothy. Be "Dorothy-Strong!"
On her way into Heaven I can hear her saying as she speedily passes dawdling others shuffling slowly along - just like she did in many a race:
"Girl on your left."
We are diminished greatly by her leaving, we are all magnified for having had her in our lives.
Please pray for Mike and Dorothy's kids.