“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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