Brain Cancer Patient Wins Marathon

Pushes daughter in stroller

Iram Leon in Gusher Marathon 2013

Iram Leon in Gusher Marathon 2013     Photo: YouTube

Iram Leon, a 32-year-old Austin, Texas, resident with a tumor in his left temporal lobe, won the Gusher Marathon while pushing his daughter in a stroller. Doctors told Leon that, with treatments, they hope he can reach the age of 40.

"This is supposed to eat away at my memory in the end," Iram Leon told the Beaumont Enterprise. "But I hope this memory is one of the last things to go and one she never loses."

The marathon does not allow strollers, but Leon asked for an exception so that he could push his daughter in the race. He crossed the finish line with a time of 3:07:36, but he made sure to point out to others that his daughter crossed first.

"People shouldn't wait to live until they're told they're dying," Leon told the Beaumont Enterprise. "Go home and hug somebody and don't wait to be told you have a disease that's going to kill you. I ran my entire life and I was dumb enough to wait until I was told I was dying before I ran with my daughter."

For more on Leon, read "Brain Cancer Patient Wins Gusher Marathon" in the Beaumont Enterprise.

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