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Avia Peacock


With four kids under age eight, most working moms would barely find time to make dinner. On the other hand, Avia Peacock, UCC’s nurse, found time to become a high-end recreational marathon runner, complete with a dedicated running coach. “I wasn’t sleeping anyway,” she laughs, describing her 5 a.m., two-hour daily workouts. “And I wanted to be respected for something other than my fertility.” Avia’s workplace (and husband!) couldn’t be prouder of her. When Avia ran the tragedy-marred Boston Marathon, her safety was foremost on the entire school’s mind. Illustrative of that fact? The school’s official message heralding Avia’s safety, posted on its Facebook page, was its most viewed post ever. An inspiration to so many, Avia truly has a new identity — as a mother, a nurse, a runner and an all-round amazing employee who can truly “do it all.”