Peoria man dedicates race to Bullying awareness

Man participating in marathon honors Peoria child

As the Peoria Marathon approaches, one man is using a mothers strength to push to the finish line

 

This weekend Gabriel Trevino will be competing in not one but two long distance races - a total of 76 miles. And he's dedicating both of these races to 11 year old Keegan Beal.

 

Keegan was a fifth grader who committed suicide after consistent bullied in his elementary school.

 

“I just knew he was in class with my son Quinten, and when i had found out that he committed suicide it was just crushing.” said Trevino

 

Keegan's mother, Kelly Beal says she's ecstatic and honored that Trevino wants to join her fight against bullying.

 

Beal said, “For someone to just know of our situation and not know us personally and want to go so far to help us spread the message, clearly it is a message in need of being spread i think it speaks volumes.”

 

Trevino says he plans to wear t-shirts dedicated to Keenan as he pushes through each mile and he's determined to finish both races.

 

“It really is amazing that he and his brother are willing to do this, I don’t know how to thank them enough, I don't know how to express to them how much it means to me.” said Beal


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