Completing a marathon is an accomplishment in itself. Running 26.2 miles is not for the faint hearted. It takes both extreme mental and physical strength to accomplish. Now imagine trying to complete a marathon with a disease that hinders ones ability to breath, a crucial aspect to running.
A 63 year old man, Evans Wilson, completed the Seattle Marathon in 10 hours and 55 minutes this past Sunday with pulmonary fibrosis, a disease that attacks the lungs. Wilson labored away to the finish line while pulling his oxygen tank every step of the way. Wilson started the race at six in the morning and finished eleven hours later with his wife by his side.
Evans Wilson entered the race with the goal of raising $50,000 for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation as well as completing the race in under 14 hours. Wilson stated that the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation “is incredibly underfunded“.
KOMO-TV reported that “Wilson has been living with both conditions for five years. Wilson told the station that the median survival time is about three years”
Pulmonary Fibrosis is disease that results in lung scarring and eventually interferes with ones ability to breathe. Most cases of this disease have no known cause.
For now, Wilson has no plans to run anytime soon but is hopeful in his efforts to raise $50,000 for more treatment research for pulmonary fibrosis.
Click on the link below to view Evans Wilson’s page and for more information about the disease.