Running brings hope
Melissa Marr's alarm pierces the silence in her room at the homeless shelter. 5:40 a.m. In the darkness, she leans over and kisses her 3-year-old daughter, rolls out of the bed and wakes her 8-year-old son, still snuggled up in the mismatched floral sheets next to his sister. Read Nicole Santa Cruz's story Running moves Tustin woman from homelessness to hope
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Melissa Marr, center, stands at the starting line of the Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon before running in the half-marathon. This was the former homeless meth user's fifth half-marathon.