Steve White is determined to run in the Boston Marathon. That dream is not unusual for any runner. But for White, an alcoholic and former homeless man, it would be almost a fairy tale.
“I felt like I’ve been a loser all my life,” White said. “This gives me a chance to prove to myself, my family, the people I’ve let down, people that knew me as the old person I was – this gives me a chance to let them know I’ve changed.”
White owes his new life to Claire Grove, a physician and fellow runner who hopes to change people’s outlook on life by getting them excited about running. In January 2009, Grove started Stepping Onward, a non-profit organization for people in homeless shelters. The group quickly welcomed teenagers in foster homes.
White is ready to run in the Boston Marathon. He has been training for months, and credits running with saving his life. As White runs, he praises God and recites Bible verses that give him comfort.”You have to work. You have to want it,” White said. “But I’ve let God guide my footsteps.”