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The Running for Real Podcast

Sep 23, 2022

Warrick Wood’s son, Frankie, passed away from brain cancer when he was just three years old. Nothing can take away the pain of that loss, but running and what he’s learned as a sports psychologist have helped Warrick to deal with his grief. 

He shares his experience in the hope that it will help not only those who have lost a loved one, but also the friends and family who want to support them, but may not know how to do so. He and his wife have also established a charity, Frankie to the Rescue, to support families who have a child with a terminal illness.

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Thank you to Allbirds and Running for Real for sponsoring this episode. 

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"Thank you" to Warrick.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.