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A Huge Loss For Runners Everywhere

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Dr. John Pagliano
I am sorry to have to share some sad news yesterday, Dr. John Pagliano, passed away after a continued fight with an aggressive and rare cancer.

I had known John for over 40 years, as a runner, as a podiatrist, as someone I was proud to refer runners to and call a friend.

Many of us run, train, and race thanks to John's talents, perspectives, and support as a podiatrist, runner, and surgeon. How many of us saw him as a patient, referred others to him, listened to his advice, and would literally run into him on trails or runs throughout PV?

He was a legend in the running community, for giving advice on shoes, on foot injuries, on surgery when needed. John always had a way of getting you back out running when it seemed like others said there was no way it could happen.

I will always remember with a smile that little shuffle, those big-boat shoes slopping along on the trails, that twinkle in his eye as he would walk into the patient room and say, "Hey, how's it going? What's going on?"...and that perennial optimism that began with the fundamental understanding that injured or not, you were going to be running, so he was going to work with you and figure out a way to make that happen...

So many people pass through our lives...John is an unforgettable one who will be missed by so many for all he did, for all he helped, for who he was.

Thanks for all the help, John...
Ed Avol