Brain Cancer Patient Wins Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 25, 2013
  • Updated Mar. 25, 2013 at 9:38 AM UTC
Iram Leon with his daughter after winning the Gusher Marathon. Photo: Associated Press

32-year-old completes 26.2-mile journey while pushing his daughter in a jog stroller.

The story sounds like something from a movie, but it’s true.

Thirty-two-year-old Iram Leon has a brain tumor. Doctors believe it will kill him before he turns 40.

For most people, this horrendous news would cause them to not push their bodies, but not Leon. He’s a runner, and earlier this month, he prevailed at the Gusher Marathon in Beaumont, Texas.

Leon’s time was 3 hours, seven minutes, and 35 seconds. All the more impressive is the fact that Leon won the race while pushing his 6-year-old daughter, Kiana, in a jog stroller.

“She had a blast listening to Disney songs and getting food from volunteers,” Leon recalled.

For those suffering from cancer, Leon is an inspiration.

“Mr. Leon gives us someone to point to when a person fighting cancer says, ‘I can’t do it,’” said Dr. Kathryn Schmitz, a cancer researcher with the University of Pennsylvania. “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.”

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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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