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After Marrow Transplant, Runner Completes Half

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 11, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 11, 2013 at 6:03 AM UTC
Dr. Tom Braithwaite didn't let his condition stop him from running a half marathon last weekend. Photo: www.shutterstock.com

He wore a shirt that said “Victory” during his run.

Dr. Tom Braithwaite says that running has been a part of the rhythm of his life.

This phrase couldn’t be more true. According to a report posted on Keoland.com in South Dakota, Braithwaite has been battling Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on and off since 2003 and because of the intense chemotherapy he’s received for a decade, his own body’s bone marrow has been destroyed.

This condition is known as Myelodisplastic Syndrome. Last November, Dr. Braithwaite underwent bone marrow transplants at the Mayo Clinic. Ten months later, he’s now in remission.

And at last weekend’s Sioux Falls Half Marathon, Braithwaite came across the finish line.

“Today is all about celebration,” he said after the race. “It’s not just about accomplishments; it’s not about achievement.  It’s just really about celebrating the blessings of good health again.”

Braithwaite and his family wore jerseys that said, simply, “Victory.”

Braithwaite’s time for the 13.1 miles was 2:04:34.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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