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Keeping the Faith



Murphy Jr.

Submitted by:
Corey Murphy

Oliverliski Kenyatta Vernando Murphy Jr. was on his way home from work on Oct. 20th, 2011 when he was hit by a drunk driver. After the hit and run, he went to the Henry Ford Hospital to follow up on some of his injuries. Within just 4 days of the accident he was schedule for surgery (on the 24th of Oct. 2011) to remove a tumor. That, unbeknownst to him was growing in his brain, behind his right eye. He had always been the kind of person to look at life and live in each moment. With this new found uncertainty, and fear of what may come, he still held strong to his faith. Family, friends and his church community stayed and prayed by his side all throughout his surgery and recovery process. He had to relearn how to do a lot of things that most people take for granted in their day to day living. Never the less he fought to regain his life back and was determined to overcome any and all obstacles. He is now married to the love of his life. A proud father of 6 children and 1 grandchild. He works nonstop to provide for his family. His passion has always been the theatre and film and has since returned to the stage and behind the camera for many plays and projects. It has been 11 amazing years since the accident that turned out to be a blessing. Each day that passes he continues to thrive; to be a beacon of light; a testimony; to give purpose and comfort for everyone around him. The Head For The Cure 5K is a very special and important event to him every year. The energy and connections that he feels to all the survivors, families, and lost love ones are binding and therapeutic for his soul. A special person he always has in mind and close to his heart was a dear childhood friend named Kimberly Finley. Kim had a brain tumor and had surgery on August 9th, 2016. She turned around and walk the HFTC Sept 17th the same year! Sadly Kim passed away March 1st, 2017. It is Oliverliski aspiration to complete the 5k every year in her honor.