Imagine running a marathon while pushing your six-year-old daughter in a stroller. Now imagine doing that with an inoperable brain tumor. Now imagine winning.
Iram Leon did just that on March 9 when he won the Gusher Marathon in Beaumont, TX, with a time of 3:07:35. How he has not been on the Today Show, I have no idea.
Leon, 32, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2010 and was told by his doctors that he is likely to die by the time he turns 40. What he did less than a year later may just give ex-Lance fans someone to root for: Leon delayed brain surgery in order to run the Livestrong marathon in his hometown of Austin, Texas.
It turned out not to be his last either. According to his blog, Leon has run several marathons since.
"Mr. Leon gives us someone to point to when a person fighting cancer says, 'I can't do it,'" said University of Pennsylvania cancer researcher Kathryn Schmitz to the Wall Street Journal. "Start where you are. Walk laps around the dining room table. A cancer diagnosis doesn't give you a get-out-of-jail-free card."
After his recent victory, Leon was quick to point out that his daughter was technically in front of him when he crossed the finish line.
“I came in second behind Kiana,” he wrote on his blog.
He gave her his medal, but his goal was to give her a memory for after he’s gone:
"I want her to have as many memories of me as possible," he told the Journal. "I want her to remember us having fun together, not me being sick."