DALLAS--()--He did it!
“When I started running marathons it was just for fun, and only in recent years did I think I could actually run in all 50 states. It was a difficult marathon with the heat and humidity, but in the end we got it done.”
Kimberly Alexander, Executive Director of the Tackle Cancer Foundation, sends heartfelt congratulations to Don Wright for achieving his personal goal of running marathons in all 50 states in the US with his completion of the 2012 Honolulu Marathon in Hawaii. Don is running despite the fact that he is 71 years old, and despite the fact that he has cancer. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma just as he began running marathons nine years ago, and he remains on active treatment.
“I’m surprised at how emotional I felt crossing the finish line of my dreams,” said Don Wright. “When I started running marathons it was just for fun, and only in recent years did I think I could actually run in all 50 states. It was a difficult marathon with the heat and humidity, but in the end we got it done.”
Don’s cancer, myeloma, also called multiple myeloma, is a blood cancer that affects cells in the bone marrow and can damage bone. It cannot yet be cured, but with new drugs and treatments, some people with myeloma can look forward to years of active, fruitful life. Don is on an investigational new drug called pomalidomide, an oral medication that left him free to travel to reach his goal.
Kimberly says, “Don serves as an inspiration to us all to press forward to the best of our abilities. We can’t all run marathons but we can maintain our hopes and dreams despite obstacles in our path.”
Don races under his “E-Race Cancer” banner on behalf of the Tackle Cancer Foundation (www.tacklecancer.org) and Team Continuum (www.teamcontinuum.net). Both charities help pay essential cost-of-living bills for cancer patients, and both were founded by patients with myeloma.
Kimberly Alexander runs Tackle Cancer in memory of her late husband, former NFL football player Elijah Alexander. She will welcome Don back from his achievement when he flies directly to Atlanta and the American Society of Hematology conference underway there. A reception will be held in his honor. Don and his family return to Minnesota on Tuesday.
ABOUT THE TACKLE CANCER FOUNDATION
The Tackle Cancer Foundation pays utility bills for families who have a child diagnosed with cancer. TCF also raises awareness and supports initiatives towards finding a cure for the blood cancer multiple myeloma in memory of our founder, former NFL linebacker Elijah Alexander (www.tacklecancer.org).