eRace Cancer Says 77-Year Old Don Wright to Cap 2018 by Running in the Florida Senior Games Dec. 9, While Treatments Still Keep His Cancer Stable, 15 Years after Diagnosis

December 4, 2018

CLEARWATER, Fla. & MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 4, 2018--2018 has been another great year for Don Wright as he shows fellow cancer patients that there can be life after diagnosis. e Race Cancer, an online campaign to educate patients about advances and innovations in cancer treatments, today said Don continues to make progress since his diagnosis with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that affects cells in the bone marrow. At the time he was given three-to-five years to live, but 15 years later:

Don started the year with a goal to enter the 2019 National Senior Games, and after building up speed and stamina he qualified in his first meet in Los Angeles in June His most recent medical exam shows his cancer markers remain stable, unchanged now for almost two years as he continues taking medications – an oral pill and an IV infusion that are potent enough to manage his cancer but that still allow him to run competitive races Now the Minnesota native is looking forward to being able to run outdoors in the winter at a qualifying meet in Clearwater and a fun run in Tampa.

“My left knee was sore and painful, and that may have been exacerbated by running on an indoor track with a left turn twice every lap putting stress on the knee,” says Don. “But here I am 78-years old with cancer and, as I’ve said, if my biggest complaint is an arthritic knee, I’ll take it.”

Don has registered for the 200, 400, 800, and 1500-meter runs at the Florida Senior Games. This will be an opportunity to improve his time and speed as he looks ahead to the National Senior Games in June. Ardis Wright, Don’s wife of 55 years, also runs in the meets with Don. They have also registered for the L.O.U.D. Runners holiday 5k with their daughter Sarah in Tampa, Florida, Saturday, December 8.

“Sarah and I have traveled together with Don as he completed 100 marathons, all with cancer while undergoing treatment,” says Ardis. “Don would have been lucky to live five years without modern treatments and a partnership with insurance that gives us access to them. I watched my own parents lose their golden years together after my father was diagnosed with a similar cancer. We are so grateful that our journey together can continue.”

Don adds, “Not everyone with cancer can or should run competitive races, but I hope my message of possibilities after a difficult prognosis provides encouragement for anyone battling this disease. We should be excited about maintaining this medical momentum, until we reach a cure.”

Looking ahead, 2019 will bring Don to the National Senior Games in Albuquerque in June, and after that? Perhaps he’ll return to his running roots and put one more marathon under his belt.

Read more about Don’s story on www.eRaceCancer.run, and follow him on social media at www.facebook.com/eRaceCancer, and @eRaceCancer on Twitter.

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