Charity Runner Braves Snow In Florida

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 11, 2011

He’s been battling a deadly disease for 22 years.

Tony Mixon, a charity runner who has decided to run the length of Florida, encountered something not normally associated with Florida: snow. He ran through the unusual weather near Flager Beach last Sunday. “It’s unbelievable,” he said.

Mixon suffers from neurofibromatosis, a disease that causes tumors to grow on the spinal cord and brain. He has been fighting the disease for 23 years. At that time doctors removed a large brain tumor, but parts of it could not be taken off his brain stem. Mixon is required to undergo annual tests to monitor the tumor’s status. Neurofibromatosis can cause learning disabilities, blindness, pain, deafness, cancer, disfigurement, bone defects and cardiovascular problems.

Five years ago, Mixon began running marathons to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation Inc.

“While I can, I want to spread as much awareness as I can,” Mixon said of his 350-mile trek through Florida. “Doing something crazy like this will probably get people’s attention.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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