Duluth man diagnosed with multiple myeloma ten years ago to compete in 82nd marathon on SaturdayFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There are inspirational stories everywhere you look this week surrounding the Fargo Marathon, but you'd be hard pressed to beat the story of Don Wright.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There are inspirational stories everywhere you look this week surrounding the Fargo Marathon, but you'd be hard pressed to beat the story of Don Wright.
The Duluth native was diagnosed with multiple myeloma ten years ago, an incurable form of blood cancer, but that hasn't stopped the 73-year-old from competing in his 82nd marathon this Saturday.
Don Wright/Running His 82nd Marathon Saturday: “The way I got started was after the first marathon I was diagnosed, then I decided to put Boston on my bucket list, probably thought I had five years, by the way that was 11 years ago. We decided as a family my wife my daughter and I really loved running around the country going here and there, started to pick off states, North Dakota, the Fargo Marathon was the 10th state or so, never expected to be able to finish all 50 states, but we did it!”
You're asking how is Wright able to do it? He takes a new pill that keeps his cancer under control and if you'd think it weakens him, you'd be wrong.
Wright: “I just ran a marathon two weeks ago, so we'll find out won't we? Actually the drug I'm taking now doesn't take anything out of me.”
What's been the reaction running everyone, the reaction and how has that inspired you?
Wright: “It does inspire me people say they're inspired, one woman wrote me a note after she finished the Paris Marathon, she said when I was really struggling, that's when I thought of you and I think she meant that in a good way, I find that very inspiring.”
Wright ran in Fargo in 2006; says he's hoping for somewhere around 5 and a half hours on Saturday.