Fools Five Road Race

Lewiston, Minnesota

Fools Five Road Race - Lewiston, Minnesota

2014 Guest Speaker: Iram J Leon


“A man racing against time” best describes Iram J. Leon, a 33-year-old runner from Austin, Texas.  On Nov. 5, 2010, Iram had the first of many seizures during a lunch break while he was working as a probation officer for juveniles.  The diagnosis was Grade 2 diffuse astrocytoma in the left temporal lobe, a relentless and intrusive form of brain cancer that carries a survival period from four to eight years.

Leon was still in the hospital in late 2010 when—stunned by news of his terminal diagnosis—he felt the need to run.  “A friend came by and ran with me around the hospital—against doctors’ advice,” recalled Leon.  “Running is my therapy.” – He said “It beats sitting down with a therapist.”

He has run the Boston Marathon, and in March of 2013 he won the Gusher Marathon in Beaumount, Texas, while pushing his 6-year-old daughter Kiana in a stroller, with a time of 3 hours 7 minutes and 35 seconds, just one second off his personal record, all while managing terminal brain cancer.

“People shouldn’t wait to live until they’re told they’re dying,” Leon said.  “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.”

“Plan to be inspired – stay to listen to Iram!”

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Cancer Research

Cancer research aims to identify causes of the disease and develop strategies for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately finding a cure. Much progress has been made since Fools Five began raising funds in 1979 for research, but cancer is extremely complex and varies greatly among types, leaving much to be discovered. We encourage you to learn more by following the links to the four medical institutions that receive our donations.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of virtually every type of complex illness.

The Hormel Institute mission is to conduct research and provide education in the biological sciences with applications in medicine and agriculture.

Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota fosters their mission by creating a collaborative research environment focused on the causes, prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer.

Gundersen Health System is a physician-led, not-for profit healthcare system including one of the nation’s largest multi-specialty group medical practices.