Watercooler Ammo: The Marathon in the Hospital Hallway
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For a serious distance runner, 7 hours, 44 minutes is not a great marathon time. But cut Brian Fugere some slack. He'd been diagnosed with synovial sarcoma - a rare soft-tissue cancer - in his lung. He was in his fourth cycle of chemotherapy. And he was dragging an IV pole for all 26.2 miles.
Did we mention he completed his marathon in a hospital hallway?
Brian was my boss when I worked at Deloitte Consulting after college. While I was obviously impressed when I first heard about his feat in 2005, I can't say I was surprised. He had a certain "If I'm diagnosed with a rare cancer, I'm not only going to beat it, I'm gonna run 144 laps in a hospital to raise $42,000 for sarcoma research" quality.
Last April, he ran a 50-mile ultramarathon with a friend, raising another $31,600 to fight sarcoma. And next weekend, he's running a 100-mile endurance event in the mountains of Vermont. As he wrote in an email, "I am attempting to win the 'Over 50, Missing One Lung Lobe' category."
Time for me to stop complaining about my strained arch.
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