Don Wright, 77-years old, had been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma fifteen years ago, which is a type of blood cancer with no cure. Don Wright had been given just three to five years to live. However, the advancement in medicine brings on astonishing results, helping in subsiding Don’s cancer, although not curing it.
Wright uses the pill, Pomalidomide, that he takes every night. Once a month, he has to go through an infusion, which is not as severe as “Kimo Therapy”, as Wright puts it, which leads to hair fall and loss of appetite among other things. This treatment allows Wright to go for a run later on.
The most inspiring thing about Don Wright is how long he has managed to live and how he has kept up his zest for life. His cancer is now at the lowest levels he has experienced so far in fifteen years. Remarkably, in these fifteen years, Wright has completed 100 running marathons.
Wright had looked to train for the Boston Marathon right after his diagnosis. He did run Boston and did some more marathons with his family until the decision was reached to extend these marathons to cover states. Wright pulled the plan off and he has run single or multiple marathons in each state of the US, earning himself the membership of “50-States Club”.
Another inspiring quality to his marathon is that he wants to bring awareness to advanced medication available for the treatment of cancer through his marathons. His favorite marathon is Grandma’s Marathon, having completed it 9 times, as well as Marathons of the Giants among enormous big trees in Northern California.
Wright is vivacious and optimistic, aiming to hit the number 101 for his marathons. Right now, he says he is having fun but soon he will pursue his goals. He plans to go after New Jersey Senior Olympics along with the meets in Utah and Florida, after having hit Minnesota Senior Games.
Given his age and his illness, his story is a beacon of inspiration. If he can go through so many lively moments of pursuing his goals, surely, everyone out there can excel in doing so. He is a perfect example of cancer does not take away your dream or you. You are still here to derive more from your life!