Some welcome good news for Helmer who has had a tough run recently on the medical front.
For 45 years, Ron Helmer has been helping young runners through triumphs and failures.
But in 2013, when Helmer faced a series of health and personal crisesâ€”including cancer, kidney failure, and the sudden death of his wifeâ€”his athletes stepped in and coached him through the worst of it....
In 2014, just as he was managing a new normal, Mary, Helmerâ€™s wife of almost 39 years, was afflicted with a rare blood disorder that attacked her immune system. She died in April, just weeks after becoming ill, with Helmer and their three grown children at her side.