Today is Murphy’s birthday.
This photo was taken on our walk from Austin to Boston in McEwen TN. We pitched a tent the night before on the grounds of a local church and upon remarking to the pastor about the Bradford pear trees full in fall colors, he recommended stopping at a local farm completely encircled by them just east on Hwy 70.
It was a magical moment that day perfectly captured in time.
For whatever cruel twist of fate the Gods graced us with we made it the 2,300 miles to Boston but within only a few weeks of walking the final mile from the Rose Garden at Back Bay Fens to Boston Common, Murphy was diagnosed with nasal adenocarcinoma.
The tumor inside his head must have been growing for many months as evidenced by the CT scan nearby.
Murphy went down hard and what he did for this cause will never be forgotten. #RememberMurphy #MurphySmiles