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Impossible to “I’m Possible”
Leave it to Ben Hall to look at the word impossible and see what others may not. “The word itself says to me, ‘I’m possible,” said the 31-year old Manchester resident. Two years ago Hall began transforming his life from one of unhealthy eating habits and inactivity to one that has led to the healthiest he’s ever been. It hasn’t been easy, but Hall said he had an “epiphany” that led to his radical lifestyle change. “Losing my aunt and uncle, both who lived in Fulton, NY where I was born, to cancer was an important part of change for me,” said Hall, who was
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also motivated to change because of the physical and mental state of his own health. “I was overweight, feeling lousy and depressed, and was told by my doctor that if I didn’t change my lifestyle I would soon be faced with diabetes and many other serious weight-related problems. I felt I had hit rock-bottom, both physically and emotionally. That was a wakeup call for me and it motivated me to do what then seemed impossible: make changes to be healthy,” said Hall, who is Director of Operations at a lawn and landscape company. Ben Hall prior to After a year of life-altering his quest for better changes, such as learning how to health. eat healthy and putting Ben Hall’s Crush Cancer Campaign Route a priority on exercise which included sessions 9/28 – Manchester, MD to York, PA - 25.7 miles 9/29 – York, PA to Harrisburg, PA – 25.8 miles with personal trainer 9/30 – Harrisburg, PA to Lebanon, PA – 27.4 miles Chris Sams, Hall lost 75 10/1 – Lebanon, PA to Pottsville, PA – 32.8 miles 10/2 – Pottsville, PA to Hazleton, PA – 26.3 miles pounds and discovered 10/3 – Hazleton, PA to Wilkes Barre, PA – 23.8 miles a love of running. 10/4 – REST “Running has become 10/5 – Wilkes Barre, PA to Clarks Summit, PA – 23.1 miles 10/6 – Clarks Summit, PA to Montrose, PA – 28.6 miles a quest for me,” said 10/7 – Montrose, PA to Owego, NY – 31.9 miles Hall. “Once I started, I 10/8 – Owego, NY to Ithaca, NY – 29.3 miles 10/9 – REST realized how beneficial 10/10 – Ithaca, NY to Cortland, NY – 21.3 miles it was for me – 10/11 – Cortland, NY to Syracuse, NY – 32.6 miles physically, emotionally 10/12 – Syracuse, NY to Fulton, NY – 24.6 miles Total – 353.2 miles and spiritually. Then in January, 2013, I began to have thoughts of running into his Crush Cancer Campaign, for another purpose; this idea of which involves running 353 miles running to crush cancer came into in 14 days from his current home in my head and wouldn’t leave… Manchester to his deceased uncle’s it became something that had to home in Fulton, NY. The run will be done and that would honor the take place from September 28 memory of my aunt and uncle,” he October 12, 2013, finishing just one day shy of Hall’s 32nd birthday. said. Hall’s personal quest evolved He will run alone and without the

Ben Hall, now on a quest to crush cancer and spread the word that health is a possible option.

use of a vehicle, running marathon distances or greater almost each day and staying in a hotel each night. Hall’s goal is to raise $5,000 for the American Cancer Society. “Although this is a campaign to raise money for battling cancer, I feel very strongly that I would like to raise awareness that, while not all cancers and diseases are
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The Hampstead Farmers’ Market will duction crews visit a local farm or farmwelcome a production crew from the Comers’ Community Media Center will also munity Media Center to tape “Serving Carseparately tape a segment of the program roll”, a local cable television program that on NESAP (North East Social Action Profocuses on growing local, buying local, gram), which provides clothing and food asand giving local. “Serving Carroll at the sistance to area residents in need. As part of Hampstead Farmers’ Market” will be taped the program, there will be an interview with beginning at 9 am on Saturday, August 31, NESAP Executive Director Lynn Sheavly. and will feature local chef Mary Jo Malone The Hampstead Farmers’ Market opened of Dean’s Restaurant in Hampstead. The in 2010, and is currently in its fourth seaproduction crew will follow Malone as she son, having over 7,200 visitors in 2012. It visits market vendors, then she will prepare is a producer-only market, featuring locally several simple recipes using the locallygrown and seasonal produce, flowers, and grown or produced items she selected. plants; local, homemade baked goods and Hampstead Farmers’ Market provides a place for farmers and “This is a great way for the folks in the The home-canned items; locally raised Angus artisans to sell directly to the public. community who haven’t yet visited the marbeef, free-range chicken and turkey; free-range ket to see what it’s all about – why it’s worth includes not only more fruits and vegetables but eggs; locally roasted coffee and fresh squeezed the trip, what’s different about locally grown ones that are local and seasonal.” She added lemonade; hand crafted goat milk soap and loproduce, and tips on how to prepare it,” said that one of the main reasons for the existence tions; jewelry; wood items; artwork, and much Hampstead Farmers’ Market Manager Marlene of the market is to promote patronage of local more. Held June through September, the HampDuff. “I think society is starting to understand farmers and artisans. stead Farmers’ Market is open from 9 am – noon In each program of “Serving Carroll”, promore the health benefits to better eating, which Continued on page 00

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preventable, there are things we each can do that might reduce our chances of getting them: eating healthy, avoiding tobacco, being physically active, limiting alcohol, limiting time in the sun, and staying a healthy weight,” said Hall, who said during his latest physical he was told by his doctor he was now the healthiest he could possibly be. “Considering where I was two years ago that is pretty remarkable to me,” said Hall. Hall said he was always very active as a child and teen. “I was an athlete and was even Maryland State Wrestling Champion in high school; I never had problems with my weight then and ate whatever I wanted, including junk food. Then once I graduated I stopped the activity but kept the unhealthy eating habits…it didn’t take long for the weight to pile on,” said Hall. It didn’t come easy, but Hall persevered and said he couldn’t have done it without the help of his personal trainer, Chris, and his family. He added his Crush Cancer Campaign is only possible

with the help of his family. “My wife Christie is very supportive of me and the campaign. She will be caring for our two year old son, Benjamin, and our brand new baby while I’m running. My parents, stepfather, and brother, too, are all helping me with the campaign.” Now Hall is in tip-top shape and, as he puts it, loving life. “The depression is gone and the energy level is phenomenal. I hope to reach others with a message of hope by my example – your health is in your hands,” said Hall. In order to raise money, Hall has teamed up with Under Armour to host a free one hour workout session at the Under Armour FX Studios Gym located at 1010 Hull Street in downtown Baltimore on Sunday, September 15 at 1 pm. This is open to the public and Hall will share his story and sell raffle tickets at the event. To learn more or to donate visit crushcancer.webs.com or email bhall931@yahoo. com.
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