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Roger Wright

June 17, 2012 12:12 am
Roger Wright and his niece Julie following the Boston Marathon

Roger Wright and his niece Julie following the Boston Marathon

I am not your typical runner. My only brush with running was when my father ran the Boston Marathon in 1968. I was 7 years old and vowed to someday run Boston in his footsteps. Forty years later, I found myself over 300 pounds and had numerous obesity-related diseases. My nine-year old niece Julia had her own health problems. Battling Cystic Fibrosis, she was placed on the lung transplant list. I made a promise to myself and to Julia to do everything I could to change my life and hopefully hers.

I could run only 10 yards without stopping, but I committed myself to run the Boston Marathon and raise money for CF. I had 10 months to train. I lost 113 pounds, ran the Marathon nonstop and raised over $11,000 for CF. I thought I had reached my goal. But I hadn’t.

From a video I made to raise money for CF, I started receiving messages from strangers thanking me for inspiring them to run a race, obtain a goal or get healthy themselves. Others thanked me for raising money for CF. I realized that my goal was no longer only personal.

My Journey to the Boston Marathon

Why do I run? I run to try and make myself a better person. I run to help inspire other people. I run to raise as much money as I can for The Boomer Esiason Foundation and to hopefully one day bring an end to this disease.

Roger Wright

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